Tuesday, February 16, 2010

My Grass

Along with over-seeding the lawn and proper watering, the height of the grass is important for a healthy, green lawn. Grass cut too short allows sunlight to heat the soil encouraging weed invasion – especially by crabgrass – and loss of moisture. Allowing grass to grow taller provides for greater root growth hence resistance to weeds, heat, and drought. The best height is two to three inches depending on species and season with greater height in the summer months. To prevent lawn shock and consequent browning, do not cut more than a third of the height in a single cutting. Also, the mowing direction needs to be alternated with every or every other mowing. Contrary to popular belief, when proper mowing is used, thatch is not a problem with taller lawns.

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