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How Often Should You Mow Your Lawn?

By John Kirchner June 3, 2013

Lawn care is an inescapable fact of home ownership. A beautiful lawn brings many benefits. It reduces heat and noise, produces oxygen and helps control water runoff. If you’re selling a home, a great lawn sends a signal that the property is well-maintained. But since lawn care is a many-sided topic, we’re going to confine ourselves here to one key question: How often should you mow your lawn?

It turns out that the answer to the question isn’t really measured by time. It’s measured in length. Most experts advise that you decide the ideal height for your lawn, based on the type of grass you have, how often you fertilize, how often you water, and so forth. Then, to keep the grass at that length, mow as often as needed to cut one-third of the lawn’s height. So, if your ideal height is two inches, you should mow when the grass is three inches.

Many lawn care experts are now recommending that you err on the side of longer grass. Some people like to keep their lawn very short and smooth, almost like a putting green. But that requires a lot of care, and only certain kinds of grass will fare well at such a short length. If you mow regularly and keep your mower blade sharp, a longer lawn can still look trim, and it will also have a luxuriant feel. Here’s a great discussion of lawn care from a gardening forum.

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