Want a beautiful lawn? Don’t miss this important mowing tip!

April 6, 2014 | By Roundtree Landscaping

If you long for lush, healthy green grass, but often end up with a patchy weak-looking grass, you might want to examine your mowing habits. If you’re very focused on your lawn maintenance, you could be loving it to death! Over-mowing is a common culprit when it comes to lawn problems.


Cutting grass to short, or scalping, inevitably does more harm than good. Shorter grass blades can lead to bare patches, making it more susceptible to insects and diseases. You could also be accidentally mowing the crown of the grass, causing patches of grass to die off.

How long should my grass grow?

A good rule of thumb is to mow up to 1/3 of the blade at each mowing. If you’ve allowed your lawn to grow a bit taller than you had anticipated, mow it down 1/3 at each mowing over a few days until it reaches the length you want.

Setting your mower at a higher height in summer is a good practice. Leaving your grass a bit longer allows blades to shade roots and keeps soil cooler, resulting in less water evaporation. In late-winter, cut grass a bit shorter to allow the sun to warm soil.

Length depends on the variety you have. St. Augustine grass generally performs best at about three to four inches tall. Bermuda and Zoysia grasses can be kept shorter at only one to two inches.

April is National Lawn Care Month! Your lawn is the area your family and friends congregate to relax and play. We’ll be offering tips and suggestions so you can grow the grass you want. Feel you might need some extra help with your lawn? Give us a call. We want you to love your lawn!


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