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 more than 60 gardening books, the laidback gardener, Larry Hodgson, lives and gardens in Quebec City, Canada. The Laidback Gardener blog offers more than 2,500 articles to passionate home gardeners, always with the goal of demystifying gardening and making it easier for even novice gardeners. If you have a gardening question, enter it in Search: the answer is probably already there!

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