Many homeowners wonder how often to mow the lawn during the growing season. Mowing the grass accomplishes more than just curb appeal: it also helps to keep it healthy. How often you should mow your lawn depends on a few factors, including what season you’re in, where you live, and grass type.
For example, homeowners in the Northeast will be cutting grass more often in the cool and rainy months of spring and not as frequently in the hot, dry summer months. And, of course, winter in almost every part of the country is the dormant season, cutting back on lawn mowing frequency.
And don’t forget the lawn care that goes beyond mowing, including feeding it four times a year, proper watering, spot-controlling weeds, using premium grass seed, and preventing grubs.
How often should you cut your grass?
Although there are many good reasons to cut grass, how often you do it will be decided by the desired height of your grass and the rate at which it grows. To keep your lawn healthy, lawn experts recommend leaving the grass clippings (unless they’re wet) in the yard since they can contain up to 4 percent nitrogen and 3.5 percent potassium, providing cost-free fertilizer.
How many times a week should you mow your lawn? Mowing once a week should be enough during the growing season, and you can cut back to every other week during the offseason while maintaining a healthy lawn.
Also, when deciding how often to cut grass, remember that cutting too much grass at one time can rob the grass’s food-producing parts, potentially starving it and turning it brown. As a rule of thumb, cut only one-third of the grass’s height at a time. Mow your lawn regularly until you get it to the desired height without cutting more than a third in each session.
Keep in mind that the ideal height for healthy grass is 3 to 3 1/2 inches, allowing it to develop deep, strong roots. If you get carried away and cut your grass too short, you could end up with a weak root system unable to absorb water and fertilizer, resulting in unhealthy grass.
You can’t control everything by mowing properly
Even if you understand how often you should cut your grass and follow those recommendations closely, you should consider one other facet of lawn care: controlling the nuisance insects: specifically grubs, fleas, ticks, ants, mosquitoes, spiders, wasps, and hornets.
Every homeowner realizes just how large the insect population is beneath the grass when they mow through relatively tall grass and watch seemingly millions of insects emerge from their hiding place. These pests are numerous, and it’s wise to kill the ones that are nuisance before they make their way into your home.
If you know how often to mow the lawn and cut it regularly, you will reduce the insect population, but you won’t eradicate it. Many of these pests will remain on your freshly-cut lawn, and the only way to get rid of them is with an effective pest control system.
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