How Often Should You Mow Your Lawn?

Cutting your grass at the correct length will save you time and money and make your lawn look GREAT!
Cutting your grass at the correct length will save you time and money and make your lawn look GREAT!

Every home owner wants a beautifully maintained front yard, but we don’t want to spend every moment of our lives maintaining it! One of the most common questions for new home owners is “How often should I mow?” The answer may surprise you.

The roots of grass are directly proportionate to the length of the grass. Meaning, the longer your grass the longer the roots are. Cutting grass to the appropriate length the it prefers will save you time and money. Roots that are too long or too short will need to be watered often to be kept alive and can result in those icky brown patches you are seeing.

The first thing you need to know is what type of grass you have. The second thing you need to know is, at what length does it prefer to be?

If you have Fescue, Bluegrass, or Ryegrass you will want to keep it in a range of 2.5 inches to 3.5 inches long. Cutting these grasses a little longer with make them look better and live longer so you wont always be wondering if the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.

Most golf courses us Bermuda or Zoysia grass and they cut them as low as .5 inches. The typical home lawn of Bermuda, Zoysia or Centipede grass will look good cut at 1 inch as long as you have a smooth grade. Meaning as long as your landscape isn’t rough terrain, then you might want to consider cutting a little longer to help make things look less bumpy.

Once you get figure out the right length for your lawn you will start to notice when it needs to be cut. This will depend on the local climate, fertilizers you may or may not use and how much watering you are doing.

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