Lawn Care Myths Part 4, Cutting Low

By Allyn Paul, filed under Lawn Tips.



I’ve had a lot of fun exposing some of the most common lawn care myths that I come across in my daily interactions with my lawn customers, and I hope you have too. The next rumor I am going to dispel again has to do with cutting, but this time with the height of the cut.

If I Mow Short, I Won’t Have To Mow As Often

This myth is kind of a self fulfilling prophecy. What I mean is that if you continue to mow your grass low, eventually it will thin out completely, leaving dirt, and you definitely won’t have to mow as often, if at all.

Remember guys, grass is a plant, and plants create their own food (sugars) through the process of photosynthesis. This process takes place in the leaves, and for grass, those blades we cut every week are little energy factories.




It’s all good for you to trim up the grass blades by removing 1/3 of the leaf surface once or twice a week. However, if you cut too low and remove 75% or more of the leaf area, the plant does not have enough surface area left to produce the sugars needed to re-grow. When that happens, the crown of the grass plant withers and dies, leaving bare spots in the lawn.

I have seen lawns mowed so short you could almost sink a putt on them. This is very bad for the health of the turf overall and can continue to cause you problems of all kinds in the future. In short, mow tall all year!

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