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.

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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