Summer officially began yesterday, but if you live in southwest Missouri, you have likely already noticed some signs of the season: blossoming flowers, bountiful produce, and sweltering temperatures. You have probably also observed that your lawn, after months of stagnancy, is suddenly thriving. To keep your lawn tidy and trim, you will need to mow it more frequently. So how often should you cut grass in summer? Let’s find out.
How Often Should You Cut Grass in Summer?
Every lawn is different. Follow your grass’s lead when deciding how often to mow your lawn. Its rate of growth will depend on the weather, the season, the sunlight, your fertilization routine, your watering habits, and the type of grass. Hydrated, fertilized grass will grow quickly in the summertime, so watch it carefully. When the grass is about one-third taller than its recommended height, cut off the top third. So if you cut your grass to a height of 2 inches, for example, mow your lawn when it reaches 3 inches high, cutting off 1 inch. Check out these guidelines for help:
Ideal Mowing Heights
- Bahia: 2 to 3 inches
- Bent: 0.25 to 1 inch
- Bermuda (common): 0.75 to 1.5 inches
- Bermuda (hybrid): 0.5 to 1 inch
- Blue Grama: 2 to 3 inches
- Buffalo: 2 to 3 inches
- Centipede: 1 to 2 inches
- Fescue (fine): 1.5 to 2.5 inches
- Fescue (tall): 2 to 3 inches
- Kentucky Bluegrass: 1.75 to 2.5 inches
- Ryegrass (annual): 1.5 to 2 inches
- Ryegrass (perennial): 1.5 to 2 inches
- St. Augustine: 1.5 to 2.5 inches
- Zoysia: 1 to 2 inches
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You may be tempted to extend the time between mowings so that you don’t have to lug out your lawnmower every week. A bit of extra height isn’t a big deal, right? Unfortunately, your lawn truly will perform best if it is kept at the right height. When grass grows too long and you suddenly cut it, the formerly shaded section of grass (the lower section of each blade) can suffer sunburns. In addition, cutting long grass can harm the roots by suddenly lopping off their food supply. Finally, cutting long grass will create long clippings that could smother the grass if they aren’t removed.
The goal is to keep your lawn not too short and not too tall. Letting grass grow too long can harm the lawn, as you’ve learned, but cutting it too short is also a bad idea. Short grass will struggle to receive enough food, resulting in malnourished roots with a poor growth rate.
If this sounds complicated, don’t worry. Mowing your lawn isn’t rocket science. Just follow your grass’s lead, never remove more than one-third of the grass’s height at one time, and keep your mower blades sharp.
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Contact Us for Your Lawn Care Needs
So how often should you cut grass in summer? The answer depends on your lawn’s growth rate and the type of grass. To reduce the stress of caring for a tenacious lawn, consider calling in the pros. If you live in southwest Missouri, contact Nixa Lawn Service for all of your lawn care needs. We are available to mow your lawn weekly with the finest and most up-to-date lawn equipment available. To schedule a lawn care service, give us a call at 417-724-0318 or contact us online. We look forward to hearing from you!