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HOW HIGH TO MOW YOUR LAWN

 
 

Spring is just around the corner, and lawn mowers will soon be revving up for the first lawn mowing of the season.

That is great, but I have to admit, I get pulled aside frequently by neighbors and asked one of the most common questions, "How high am I supposed to mow my lawn?"

Well for some purists, they would say it's more a matter of mowing at the recommended height for your grass variety. They would be correct, but come on, isn't there some general rule of thumb we can use?

The answer is yes, there are some general guidelines, and here they are:

Cool season grasses like Kentucky Blue Grass, Rye and Fescue are recommended to be mowed high.

Warm season grasses like Bermuda are recommended to be cut low.

More Specifics:

Cool season grasses like Blue Grass, Fescue, and Rye should be mowed as high as possible. The best is around 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.6 cm) and no higher. If you cut any taller than that, the grass can flop over, and if you cut it too short, the grass is more susceptible to weeds, it dries out faster, and over all does poorly.

The last mow of the year can be around 3 inches (7.6 cm).


Warm season grasses like Bermuda should be cut around a height of 3/4 to 1 inch (1.9 to 2.5 cm) tall, which may require mowing one to three times per week.

Mowing at this height will encourage a dense, thriving turf that naturally blocks weeds. Healthy turf shades the soil so sunlight can't reach weed seeds ready to germinate, and a thick turf also minimizes the physical space available for weeds to become established.

If Bermuda is cut any taller than 1 inch (2.5 cm), it will be thinner and straggly looking which isn't what you want. A good healthy lawn of Bermuda should look like a big, green, dense mat.

For more infomation about Bermudagrass and all Grass Types

Note: Don't forget to look at this month's organic solutions section because we go over a great organic fertilizer for your lawn that you should try! Alfalfa Meal For Lawn and Roses


 
 








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Keep Some Birds Away

When you have worked very hard to grow your grapes, fruits and vegetables, it's hard to not be bothered when birds come in and take the best of everything!

A few tricks that work well are: netting over grapes, mylar strips tied to branches of your fruit trees, even blow up owls work.

If you use a blow up owl, or scarecrow, keep in mind to move them every few days so they appear to "move." Othewise the birds get wise fast and they are no good.


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