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Lawn mowing guidlines – By Kirk Dean

This week I received multiple phone calls from concerned customers about lots of weeds near the borders of their lawn.  After doing several inspections, I found that these lawns were edged and trimmed too short!  I was both alarmed and relieved at what I found (relieved because it turned out we weren’t doing such a bad job after all), but alarmed at some of the mowing/trimming practices that no weed control program can overcome. Mowing or trimming your lawn too short has a few negative effects:

  •  A decrease in root growth and vigor.
  • More sunlight is available to the soil surface increases the probability of weed seed germination, particularly crabgrass!
  • Your lawn will be generally less healthy, and subsequently more susceptible to disease, bug problems, and drought.

Here are a few guidelines for cutting/trimming your lawn:

  • Your lawn’s cutting height should be between 3 and 4 inches-the longer the better is our opinion
  • When you mow/trim, take no more than one-third of the total length off your grass.  Removing more can injure your lawn!
  • Don’t trim the edges shorter than what you mow at!

Here is a picture of a lawn in Nampa, Idaho that has been edged/trimmed improperly, notice the crabgrass all along the curbing:


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