What Is the Ideal Height for My Grass?
When it comes to taking care of your lawn, mowing frequency is key, and so is owning a dependable lawn mower. However, homeowners often get busy, and sometimes lawn mowers break down. If a busy schedule or a breakdown have left you with a lawn mowing dilemma, you’re not alone. In today’s blog, the team at Nixa Lawn Service explains the consequences of letting your grass get too long, as well as cutting it too short.
Unattractive, Unhealthy Grass
When your mower stays in the shed for long periods, your lawn’s health and appearance deteriorate. Excessively tall grass decreases curb appeal and can welcome bugs and snakes. Regularly mowing your lawn helps prevent weeds from taking over the yard. If you travel often for business or have a tropical vacation planned for spring break, let the professionals at Nixa Lawn Service cut your grass while you’re away.
Potential Lawn Damage
Mowing your lawn can also bring negative consequences if you cut it too short. Cutting grass blades less than an inch tall can cause grass to grow a shallow root system. When summer heat affects your lawn, the root system becomes an issue because shallow roots depend on surface water. Grass that is too short permits sunlight to overheat and dry out the soil, damaging grass and allowing weeds to take over.
You Could Get Fined
Your grass benefits from freshly fallen rain in that it can grow faster and appear greener. An abundance of spring showers can mean rapid growth and require more mowing. After several weeks without mowing, your grass may go to seed, resulting in grass blades that look like weeds as opposed to grass. Extremely tall grass also means that you, as the homeowner, could receive complaints. If a neighbor complains, the homeowner may face fines from the city or the neighborhood homeowners’ association.
What You Can Do
If you have let your grass get too tall, you can start with a weed eater to knock it down. If you have your mower, use it to carefully cut small portions at a time. Raise your mower to the highest setting and work your way down.
To maintain a healthy lawn, mow no more than one-third of the lawn’s height at a time. Before your first spring mow, be aware of the ideal height for your particular type of grass. This is typically between 2 and 3 inches during the growing season. Of course, if you have any trouble you can always contact the professionals at Nixa Lawn Service to get your lawn back in shape.
Lawn Care at Nixa Lawn Service
At Nixa Lawn Service, lawn care is our specialty. From weekly lawn mowing to leaf removal and aerating, we are your one-stop shop for all your lawn care needs. To learn more about our services, check out our website and contact us online today.