When should I cut my grass? (and more common Q&A)

Lawn Questions?  We’ve Got Answers!

If we all lived in Siberia, or even in Greenland (irony, anyone?), we wouldn’t have to figure out all this green-growing stuff… but then we’d be working on tips for basic survival.  I guess we should just be grateful for where we are and get down to learning about cutting grass.  So, let’s talk about it.

How will I know if my grass is happy?

There are a few tell-tale signs that you have a thriving lawn.  First, your grass can only stay green if it’s growing.  And if it grows, it must be cut (as most city ordinances demand).  If it’s not growing, you can get it moving by fertilizing and watering it.  But, then it needs to be mowed.  It’s a happy little cycle. The faster your grass grows, the more it needs to be mowed.  But at least it will be green.

How much should I cut off to keep it happy?

The most common advice is to never cut more than one-third of the height of your grass.  Now, if I see people in their yard with their rulers measuring the height of their grass before they mow, I’ll know you read this post!

Practically, depending on how much water your grass gets (whether naturally or artificially) you would be mowing about once a week.  Make sure you don’t cut it too short (unless you have Tifdwarf Bermudagrass or Creeping Bentgrass found on golf courses) the very first time it gets too long for your liking.  Mow it down gradually, one-third by one-third otherwise your grass will get stressed and you’ll need to take it to get counseling.

What do I need to know about my lawnmower?

This question may seem off-topic, but your lawnmower is a very important tool used to care for that finicky green stuff.  So, before you begin mowing, make sure you check the oil and gas level.  Just like your car, your lawnmower needs oil changes after 20 hours of operation (not 3,000 miles).  Also, take the time to sharpen the blade, which will last about half the life of your oil.  A dull blade can rip out your grass.

There is so much more to learn about taking care of your lawn.  We will get to answering more of your questions in future blog posts, so please stick around. And as always, we would love to help you keep your lawn healthy!

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