Mow And Cut Your Lawn Tall Starting Now

By Allyn Paul, filed under Lawn Tips.

I have harped on this one for the past dozen years and will continue to do so because it’s so important. Straight up guys: Cut your lawn tall all season! That’s right, more lawn mowing tips here, and that’s because this one is where most people go wrong at some point during the lawn growing season. There are a lot of spring lawn tips I can give you, but cutting right is the most important!

Why Mow Your Lawn Tall?

As you may remember from high school biology, plant life makes its own food (in the form of sugars) through the process of photosynthesis. Now I don’t want to bore you or cause school-days flashbacks, but this concept is pretty important. You see, if you cut your lawn too deeply (too short), you are removing too much leaf surface from the grass plant and literally cutting off its lifeline!

Grass blades are thin already, so they need all the help they can get, especially with weekly lawn cutting. If you cut your grass too short, you stress out the root system which is trying to push those blades back out. A real issue comes in if we get a heat or drought period because weakened roots just make the decision to go dormant early, giving you a summer brown lawn. Yikes!

How Tall Should You Mow?

If you want to have a little fun, go outside with a tape measure, stick it in the lawn, and look for the 3-inch mark. If that is too tall for your liking, then go ahead and cut down to 2.75 inches, but no shorter. In reality, I’d like to see you mow to around 4 inches in the heat of summer, but that’s up to you.

If for some reason you are not up to putting a tape measure in your front lawn, then be on the safe side and raise those mower wheels to the second-to-highest setting and let er’ rip! This should be pretty safe in most cases.

If you’re wondering when you should start this tall cutting, the answer is “now.” Don’t get cute and graduate it up and down. Just mow tall all year and you’ll be good, OK?


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2 Responses to “Mow And Cut Your Lawn Tall Starting Now”

  1. james Says:
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    I just bought a Hursqvana push mower that only goes to 3 or 3.5 inches. How do I get it to go to your recommended 4 inch height. I called Hursqvana and sears and they were not help.

  2. Allyn Paul Says:
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    Hi James,
    sorry man, you are stuck with what the mower will do. Just raise it to the top and you should be ok.

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