Q. How high should I cut my lawn grass?
To keep your lawn (turf) healthy in different seasons, cut at the appropriate height for each season.
Spring: Remove any debris that has accumulated over winter and mow at a height of 2 inches. If the soil is compacted you might do some aeration, which makes a world of difference to the lawn’s health. Overseeding may be in order as well at this time of year, as well as in fall.
Mid-spring: Mow to 2 ½-3 inches, usually on a weekly schedule.
Summer: Maintain the lawn’s height at 3-3 ½ inches to help slightly shade the roots and prevent drought or heat stress.
Fall: Gradually lower mowing height back to 2 ½ inches, continuing weekly mowing schedule.
Note: Water lawns one inch each week.
Fertilize your lawn with slow-release, preferably organic food. Over-fertilizing your turf invites lawn diseases. Compost spread over the lawn helps condition the soil as well.
For weed control tips, consult Rodale's Organic Lawn Problem Solver.
For tips on a variety of gardening topics, see our Plant Information Guides.
- Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service
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