In order to keep a healthy lawn, it is important to make sure that you are mowing your lawn correctly. There are certain times that you should be cutting grass to ensure that your lawn will continue to grow and remain healthy.
A common misconception is that if you cut your grass super short, it will save you time in the long run. Some believe that by cutting it short, it will take longer to grow back and will save you time by not having to cut as often. This is not the case. By cutting your grass too short, you are stressing your lawn and exposing your grass to damage. If the grass is too short, the ground is exposed and the sun can dry out the soil. This then dehydrates your lawn and can create patchy, discolored spots where the grass is most dehydrated. Cutting your lawn too short also can create a perfect spot for weeds to begin growing. Cutting your grass too short causes many problems in the long run.
On the other hand, letting your grass grow too long is also a problem. If grass is left to grow and isn’t cut properly, the overgrown grass will block the sun from reaching the soil and roots. This creates the perfect breeding ground for harmful insects and other creatures to move in on your yard. Not to mention, when there is more grass to cut, there are more grass clippings to rake up. Leaving your grass long creates more work for you in the long run.
Generally, when mowing your lawn, you shouldn’t cut more than one-third of the grass blade length. Cutting off more than one-third at a time can cause the grass roots from growing and require frequent watering during summer months to keep the grass alive. Below, you will find a chart of recommended heights of grasses in South Carolina from Clemson Cooperative Extension.
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By: Hannah Raines
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