When it comes to lawn care, the most common question homeowners ask is how often should they cut their lawn?
As you very well know, regular lawn care is extremely important to the overall health of your grass. However, cutting your grass too often can do more harm than good.
So, what is the magic number when it comes to mowing your lawn? Unfortunately, there is no one size fits all answer to this question.
Jason from Eau Claire Lawn Care says, “There are a lot of different factors that will determine how often you should mow your lawn. The biggest factor is how long you want your grass to be, and how often you are willing to cut it.”
While no one wants a lawn that is overgrown, you have to be careful not to cut too much off the top. Doing so can weaken the root system. Once the root system becomes weak, it will be difficult for the grass to absorb water and fertilizer.
That’s why it’s so important you schedule your maintenance in advance and stick with that schedule.
If your grass is currently long, that means you will need to mow it more initially. Overgrown lawns should only be cut 1/3 of the grass height at a time. This is known as the “1/3 rule”. You should cut the grass every 2-3 days until you get it to the desired appearance.
Once the grass has reached the desired height, keep a steady schedule to maintain it.
The weather will have a huge impact on how often you need to cut your grass. During the warmer seasons you will notice your grass is growing super fast. During this time you may need to cut it once a week.
During the colder seasons, often referred to as the off season, your grass will not grow as much. Depending on how cold it is, you may need to only cut it once a month. In some cases not even that often.
At the end of the day you have to tailor your lawn care to how your grass grows. No matter how often you cut, never forget the “1/3 rule”.