Mowing the lawn is healthy and can be largely beneficial for your grass. You are trimming the oldest section of grass since it grows from the bottom up.
Cutting higher – typically the top third – shades roots and promotes a root system that is deeper.
Deep roots can reach water that is deeper in the soil, giving grass reserve power that enables it to get through dry spells.
Different kinds of grass require different trimming heights. Typically, cool-season grass ought to be trimmed at three and one-half inches. Warm-season grasses should be trimmed at a height of two inches.
Below are a few Tips
- Michigan cool season grasses may be maintained at 2 1/2 inches in the early spring and late fall.
- Once in the growing season, we recommend maintaining the height at 3 – 3 1/2 inches. Mowing higher promotes a thicker, cooler and healthier turf.
- Make sure to sharpen blades as needed. Dull blades will display jagged cut on blades, followed by browning of the grass tips.
- Mulching your clippings recycles valuable nutrients, and reduces waste.
- Rotate the direction of your mowing. Using the same pattern may create ruts (compacted grooves) causing damage.