Having a nice-looking lawn is one of life’s simple pleasures. As easy as it seems to have a perfectly even, green grass lawn, it can get pretty complicated.
You don’t want to cut it too often, resulting in bare patches and little to no growth. You also don’t want to let it grow to a height that would not look out of place in a jungle. For this reason, you must get your cutting times just right.
In this article, we are going to be answering some of your burning questions regarding the lawn, specifically the cutting and mowing of your luscious green lawn.
How often should you cut lawn?
Your lawn should be cut every week. This is to ensure that you meet the recommended cutting length of one-third of the leaf glade of the grass. It is recommended that you only cut this top third and that you never cut more than this.
With this in mind, once a week is ample in terms of how often you should take out your lawn mower or garden cutters.
That being said, this does depend on the desired length of your lawn. Of course, some people like a longer length than others, and so may cut their lawn just once every fortnight.
You may also find that the length of time needed between each cut differs depending on the time of year and the type of grass.
For example, if you have warm-season grass in your lawn then you can expect growth spurts over the summer which will require more cutting, and less growth in the fall and winter, resulting in less cutting.
Likewise, if you have cool-season grass in your lawn then you might expect to cut it more often in cooler months like spring and fall, and less often in the summer.
With this in mind, if your grass is thriving in one particular season, for example, a warm-season grass thriving in the summer, then you may well find that your grass is at dizzying heights in just 4 or 5 days. This may mean that you need to cut the lawn more than once a week!
It is important, then, to bear in mind that you should always leave 2 to 3 days in between each cut at the very least to ensure that it meets that one-third rule we told you about earlier.
How many times a week should you mow?
You should mow your garden no more than twice a week. This gives it ample time to replenish and grow to a healthy length.
A healthy lawn requires there to be a fair amount of blade left, or else the grass can become stressed (yes, really!). This is the reason why you should only ever cut the top one third away from the lawn.
Some lawns grow at faster rates than others of course, but most will be suited to be mowed once a week. Fast-growing lawn, in seasons where they thrive, may grow even faster, resulting in the need to mow every 3 days or so.
However, one thing to bear in mind is that you should always leave 2 to 3 days in between each mow, meaning that mowing twice in a week should never be exceeded.
If it is outside of your lawns growing and thriving season then the amount of time between each mow can be increased. What we mean by this is that if your warm-season grass is going through a period where it isn’t growing as quickly, due to a seasonal change from summer into fall, then you may need to mow it less.
In this case, mowing the lawn every fortnight will be plenty. Always keep the one-third rule in mind, and pay extra close attention in seasons where it is not growing quickly as this one-third length can take much longer to reach. You don’t want to cut it too soon now, do you?
Can I mow my lawn every day?
No. it is not recommended that you mow your lawn every day. Your grass blades will likely never grow that quickly to reach the recommended height in just one day. Therefore, it will not warrant the need for lawn mowing every day.
Unless you have some sort of miracle grow mixture in your lawn, it is highly unlikely that your lawn will reach that recommended one-third overnight after it has already been cut that day.
Mowing it daily can do more harm than good and could even result in bare patches, brown patches, and an overall unhealthy looking lawn. It may even hinder its growth.
We recommend that you stick to a regular schedule, mowing it only when it starts to look too long and unruly. Remember to only cut off the top one-third of the grass blade, and no matter what time of year it is or how fast it seems to be growing, always wait at least 2 to 3 days between mowing.