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HOW DOES GRASS GROW?

Mowing can be a dreaded task to some, but the benefits of doing so—correctly—can be many. For example, if you learn how to mow your grass the right way, it will be thicker, tougher, healthier, require less water, disease-free and weed-free. But an important step in mowing your grass right, is to first find the right height to cut it.

 

 

Here are some mowing heights for different grasses:

 

Tall fescue, Fine fescue, Buffalograss, St. Augustinegrass, Perennial rygrass, and Bluegrass

  • Optimum height: 2 inches
  • Mow when the grass reaches: 3 inches

 

Bermudagrass and Zoysiagrass

  • Optimum height: 1.25 inches
  • Mow when the grass reaches: 2.25 inches

 

Always set your lawn mower to the recommended height for your grass. This will encourage root growth, which will help the plant get water during rough droughts. Taller grass can accomplish this because they produce their own shade. This shade protects the plant from overheating the grass crown and roots. Keep your grass tall and lush by cutting off no more than one-third of the height of your lawn at one time. If you cut shorter that this, it could expose the plant to stress, expose the crowns of the plant, and reduce root growth. Repeatedly cutting in this way will leave parts of your lawn looking like a thin weedy patch.

 

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