No matter the type of grass you have, controlling its height is part of successful lawn care. The most common grasses in North Texas are Bermuda Grass, St. Augustine, Zoysia, and Buffalograss. Every type of grass has an ideal mowing height, not too short and not too long. It is important to know what kind of grass you have, but also consider the growing conditions, amount of water it is receiving, and the season.
Many homeowners will mow their grass shorter, believing that they will have to mow less often. This school of thought is wrong because frequently the grass will be damaged or burned out, allowing weeds to grow instead. So, is it better to allow your grass to grow tall?
The simple answer to this question is NO. Allowing your grass to grow too long between cutting creates lawn care problems that no homeowner wants to deal with.
Tall Grass Creates Lawn Care Issues
Allowing your grass to grow too long makes mowing more difficult for you and your lawn equipment. In order to mow long grass, the mower will need to be set to the highest setting. Unfortunately, this will probably not get your lawn to the proper length and will require a second pass with the mower blades set to the suggested length.
Any time that you think was saved by waiting, is now used up by having to mow twice. When the tall grass is mowed, the clippings left behind will sit on top of the lawn in clumps, versus short clippings that fall into the lawn and decompose.
It is best to bag long clippings to prevent damage to the lawn. The general rule is to never remove more than 1/3 the height of the grass blade at a single cutting. If more than 1/3 is removed, damage can happen to the lawn. It is suggested to water the grass if more than 1/3 is cut. Best way to mow long grass is to mow just 1/3 of the total grass blade length, bagging the cuttings. Water the grass, then wait a couple of days to mow again.
Poor Height Equals Poor Health
Basically, a lawn that is not mowed on a regular basis, to the recommended height for that particular grass, is often a less than healthy lawn. Cutting more than just 1/3 of the blade height, your grass could stop growing because the root growth slows, weakening your lawn. Lawn care efforts to control height during the growing season will keep the lawn strong and resistant to damage.
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The bottom line is, you don’t want an unhealthy, or unsightly lawn. Tall grass becomes thin and uneven. After too long, the grass goes to seed, making the lawn look more like weeds than grass. No one wants their lawn to be the one in the neighborhood to garner complaints. Using Executive Lawn Care to ensure your grass is cut when it needs to be and to the correct height is a good idea if you want to ensure your lawn is the best one in the neighborhood! Contact us today to schedule our lawn care services.