Laidback Gardener Tip of the Day

Mowing: Never More Than 1/3 at a Time

août 4When you mow the lawn, never remove more than one third of its length at a time. Cutting it back too severely will weaken it. Typically, if you want to maintain turf at a healthy height of 2 1/2 to 3 inches (6.5 to 8 cm), mow when grass is 4 or 5 inches tall.

If you’ve gotten a bit lazy or were away on vacation and your grass reaches 6 inches (15 cm) in height or more, it’s not a good idea to immediately mow it back to 3 inches (8 cm). Instead, stick to the one-third rule: cut the grass to two thirds of its height, wait 2 or 3 days, then mow again at the desired height. If the grass is very high, 8 inches (20 cm) or more, you may need mow the lawn 3 or even 4 times, gradually lowering the height each time.

Garden writer and blogger, author of 65 gardening books, lecturer and communicator, the Laidback Gardener, Larry Hodgson, passed away in October 2022. Known for his great generosity, his thoroughness and his sense of humor, he reached several generations of amateur and professional gardeners over his 40-year career. Thanks to his son, Mathieu Hodgson, and a team of contributors, will continue its mission of demystifying gardening and making it more accessible to all.

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