Mowing Height Makes All the Difference

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The height at which the grass is mowed can make a big difference in the overall health of your lawn.  If the grass is mowed too short, it is less resistant to harmful environmental conditions such as excessive heat or drought.  Additionally, if the grass is mowed too high, it can create an ideal environment for pests such as bugs and weeds.  Proper timing of mowing is important as well.  When mowing, no more than 1/3 of the plant should be removed.  For example, most cool season grasses (Rye grass, Blue Grass, and Fescue) should be kept around 3 inches.  When mowing you should never remove more than one inch.  Warm season grasses can be mowed much lower.  That is why you will often see these types of grasses on golf courses.  Many bent grasses or warm season turf can be mowed lower than one inch.  This is ideal for golf courses.  Although the 1/3 rule still applies to these types of grasses and requires more maintenance.  If too much of the plant is removed it can cause stress to your lawn such as root damage, and scalping.  Scalping exposes the plants roots and allows them to dry out and die.  

Mowing at the proper height and time can make a big difference on the health of your lawn.  Fertilizing, aerating, and watering properly are also important factors in maintaining a healthy lawn.  It is important to keep these factors in mind this spring/summer while maintaining your lawn.  For care free maintenance you can also contact SK Lawn Care for all your lawn and landscape needs in Kansas City at sklawncarekc.com.     

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