Stop Mowing During a Heat Wave

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When the weatherman announces a heat wave or an upcoming drought, put away your mower for the moment. Longer grass will shade the soil, keeping it cooler, and this will help protect the grass roots. Mowing short is even worse: the lawn’s roots can be damaged if the sun’s rays strike them directly, which is what happens when you scalp a lawn.

And besides, who wants to mow when temperatures soar to 85˚ F (30˚ C) and above?

Take up mowing again only with the return of cooler temperatures.

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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