how often should a lawn be cut?

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  1. kalalaukid

    kalalaukid New Seed

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    for optmum grass health how long should you wait between cuttings?
     



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  2. toni

    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    That would really depend on what type of grass you have and what the weather conditions are. Some grasses are healthier if kept shorter, some should be left to grow a little taller. Weather conditions...hot, cool, dry or wet...those all factor into the situation too.
    You probably need to contact a local landscaper or the agriculture dept of a local college to get accurate info for where your live and what you planted.

    All these concerns about lawn care is one reason why I am slowly digging up our lawns and planting flowers :-D so much more fun to take care of.
     
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    kalalaukid New Seed

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    thanks agian. ye planting flowers is great very rewwarding. im starting a flower garden soon.
     
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    TurningColorz New Seed

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    I've always had a nice looking bluegrass lawn by adhering to the 1/3 rule.
    "Never cut more than 1/3 of the blade"
    If your grass is really tall, raise the cutting height for a first pass, wait at least two days for the grass to recover. Then cut again at your normal height.

    Hope that helps,
    Mike
     
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    rockytop00 New Seed

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    Depends on how much it's growing, we usually cut St. Augustine grass at 4 inches, and Bahaia at 3 inches once a week.
     
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    It depends on the species, weather.
    Cut it to 3 inches when it reaches four. Do not bother when season is dry, allow it higher, and decrease an inch, cut twice if necessary to avoid stress. Make sure your tool of preference is well sharpened to avoid diseases.
     
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    I like the 1/3 rule. I think I will use that for now on. Thanks.


    Aaron
     
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    The 1/3 rule is good, sometimes we want to save effort by mowing lower but it is problematic if the lawn ends up in bald patches.
     
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    1/3 rule is always a good thing, less stress and yes.............. important o have a sharp cutting blade so it cuts and not rip and tear at the grass. This isn't healthy, not to mention it doesn't look good.

    In warm weather, keep grass to 4" as this conserves water and deters weed growth too.

    As weather cools down, lower your blade a notch a cut until you get a nice tight cut without scalping your lawn.

    A tight cut in fall will lesson thatch issues for spring (some thatch about 1/2" is good).

    If you want a green lawn, a good soaking at least 4 to 5" deep is needed at least once a week as this forces roots to go down for water and grow stronger.

    Shallow watering or teasing the grass makes for an unhealthy lawn.

    1/3 cut, sharp blades, deep watering.

    If you fertilize, get on a good program.


    Ron
     
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    How often you should mow a lawn really depends on what season it is and how fast your lawn is growing. In the middle of spring, when grass is really growing mowing the lawn more than once a week is definitely too much.
     
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    sgmgarden In Flower

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    This really depends on what season it is and what type of lawn you have. During the summer months the grass grows more due to occasional light rain showers and more sunshine. It is recommeded that you mow the grass between once and twice a week during this time. However don't cut your grass too short as it encourages weeds and that will be another problem for you
     
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