The frequency with which you should mow your lawn is highly dependent on the season, climate, and other factors that influence growth speed. How do you know when it’s time to cut it?
It’s useful to understand how to tell when it’s time to mow the lawn. You should also be aware of how the seasons and rainfall can affect it, as well as the problems that can arise if you mow your grass too frequently or allow it to grow too long.
During the growing season, you may need to mow once a week, but less frequently at other times of the year. Mow the top third of the blades and maintain a consistent height of 1 to 4 inches, depending on the grass type.
This article combines the best mowing practices with my own personal experience. I also included a table with any specific information about mowing different types of grass that you might find useful.
What Happens When the Grass Grows Too Tall?
The grass seems to grow faster than we can or want to mow it at times. I’m aware that I can be lazy and put off mowing for too long. This is especially true because I have warm-season grass, and the time when my grass grows the fastest coincides with the time when it becomes increasingly hot in the Summer. However, you mustn’t allow it to grow too long.
When grass grows to a height of 3 inches or more, the roots and bases struggle to support the blades. This causes the blades to droop and suffocate the grass around them. Furthermore, long drooping grass can trap moisture in certain areas, particularly lower areas, where it can spread disease and fungus.
Long grass can make your entire house appear unwelcoming and disorganized. It may also begin to grow unevenly, causing some areas to turn yellow or even brown. Grass shock can also occur if you allow grass to grow too long before mowing it. Grass shock weakens the roots and lawn, increasing the likelihood of disease and pest infestation.
Another problem that can occur if you allow your grass to grow too long is that the clippings may settle between the blades of grass. Long grass clippings can suffocate healthy grass. The heat can then make the grass more susceptible to disease. This is most likely to happen during the hottest months of the year.
Finally, allowing grass to grow too long can make mowing difficult. When I am lazy and my lawn mowing frequency decreases while the grass continues to grow steadily, it becomes much more difficult for me to mow. This defeats the entire purpose of laziness, so you might as well abandon procrastination and get it done when it is necessary.
What Happens If You Trim Your Grass Too Shortly?
It is actually worse to cut the grass too short or too frequently than it is to let it grow too long. Grass blades feed on sunlight via photosynthesis and will not be able to get enough sunlight if the grass is cut too short. This causes the grass to feed on the reserve stored in the roots. This will reduce nutrient supply and weaken the roots.
When grass is cut too short, it is less likely to withstand extreme weather and drought. It also facilitates the growth of invasive weeds. Furthermore, a dull mower blade will exacerbate the situation. Blades should always be sliced off evenly and should never be frayed.
How Often Should Lawns Be Mowed?
The frequency of lawn mowing varies greatly depending on the season, so it is best to look at some guidelines for each of the possible growing seasons. Furthermore, the type of grass determines the length to which it should be cut. Instead of focusing on how frequently you mow, you should concentrate on keeping your grass at a reasonable length.
To get the grass to the optimal length for the type, try to mow off the top third of the blades. During peak growing seasons, this should be done once a week, but it could be less or more depending on the grass, climate, and other factors.
Another tip is to mow the lawn in different directions. It can be tempting to use the same paths over and over, especially if doing so makes the process faster or easier. Changing the directions, on the other hand, can help the grass grow straight up and avoid trenches dug by the lawnmower wheels.
When Spring arrives, it is time to break out the lawnmower (along with all sorts of other tools to keep your lawn nice and healthy). The work you do in the spring determines how healthy your lawn will be for the rest of the growing season.
It is critical that you do not become overly excited about mowing the lawn for the first time. Before you cut the grass, make sure it is at least two inches tall. Set your lawn mowing height to normally cut off the top third of the blades.
Many homeowners, including myself, enjoy fertilizing their lawns in the early spring. If you do, make certain that the fertilizer has been completely absorbed before mowing. Spring is also a good time to oversee the yard, but be careful not to mow too soon because the young grass lacks a strong root system.
Spring also brings more rain and, in some areas, the fastest-growing season of the year. You should mow your lawn regularly. This may imply that you must cut the grass once every 5 days, or even less frequently if the grass is fast growing.
Because of the blistering heat, many grass types grow quickly at this time of year, making mowing more of a chore. However, if you want your lawn to stay healthy, you must do it.
Every time you mow, you should cut the top third of the blades off and keep the after-mowing height fairly consistent. It is important to note, however, that you should keep the lawn a little longer in the summer than you did in the spring. This usually means that the grass should be about 3 inches tall after it has been mowed. This is only a guideline and may vary depending on the grass type.
During the summer, many kinds of grass will grow a full inch in just 3 to 5 days, so you should cut it more than once a week. Also, make up for the water lost due to evaporation from direct sunlight and decreased rainfall by watering more frequently.
Grass growth typically slows dramatically during the month or stops entirely in colder areas or areas that receive snowfall. Mowing may still be necessary for warmer climates. It is important to note that cooler temperatures combined with moisture from rain, snow, or ice can foster the growth of mold and mildew.
Throughout the season, there may be only a few scattered warm days. Do not mow on these days simply because they are warm, if not hot. The grass will go dormant. Instead, mow your lawn low enough to survive the winter.
If you live in a very warm climate, you may have to mow your lawn throughout the entire Autumn season. However, the frequency of mowing will decrease. You might only need to mow once every two or three weeks.
If you live in a hot climate, you may need to mow your lawn once or twice during the winter. However, this will only be necessary for areas where the temperature rarely falls below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Even so, many people will discover that they do not need to mow at all during the winter months.
Lengths Suggestions for Common Grass Types
Grasses for the Warm Season
Summer is the best time for warm-season grasses to grow. The ideal lengths of various grasses remain variable. Even within the same type of grass, the subtypes may have different ideal lengths for growth. This table, on the other hand, provides suggested guidelines.
Grasses for the Cool Season
Cool-season grass grows the fastest in the spring and fall. The ideal grass height for cool-season grasses is typically between 1 and 4 inches. These are the ideal lengths for various cool-season grass types.