The Rules of the Lawn: How Often You Should Mow Your Lawn

guy mowing grass with push mower
Written by: LCMM , October 2, 2017

Too much of anything is never a good thing. This can be applied to anything from the foods you eat to the number of times you work out a week. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that you can mow your lawn too much, which could be just as detrimental as not mowing it enough. There are actually rules regarding how often and how short you should cut your lawn to maintain a happy, healthy lawn. The truth may surprise you.

Height Matters

The truth is, frequency is not as important as height. If you mow your lawn down too low, whether it is once a month or once a day, you will destroy your lawn. There is an art to achieving a healthy lawn with each and every mow. There is actually a rule that is known amongst professionals called the one-third rule. This rule states that you should never cut more than one-third of the lawn’s height. If you do not allow your lawn to flourish and grow, it will die and yellow quickly, leaving you an ugly, yellow yard for the rest of the season. However, if you stick to the one-third rule, you will notice your lawn will continue to flourish, although you may have to mow a bit more often.

The Conditions to Frequency

Of course, you never want to allow your lawn to grow too long either. That can be a recipe for disaster, inviting grub and other disease onto your lawn, killing it quickly. Once again, there is an art to a beautiful, healthy lawn. You must monitor how quickly your lawn grows. Depending on where you are located and the care you provide your lawn, you may find yourself mowing throughout the spring every week. If your lawn receives a lot of water through rain or watering, it will reach its original height rather quickly. If you use a fertilizer as well, you will notice significant growth. The good news is that if you kill your lawn by mowing too often or too short, this type of maintenance will allow it to regrow quickly. Learn from your mistakes and change the height of your blade, sticking to the one-third rule at all times.
It is always important to remember that your lawn is a living thing. Like a garden or flower bed, your grass requires a certain amount of love and care to flourish. Experiment when you first move into your home to find how the lawn grows and what methods work best for caring for your lawn. Then, keep that in mind with each season. Just because your mower can cut your grass to an eighth of an inch or smaller, does not mean it should.
If you want a beautiful, healthy lawn and are unwilling to learn what it takes to get there (or simply do not have the time), there is help!  Contact the lawn experts at Green & Black, LLC at 651-356-9193 to help maintain your lawn and keep it always green and beautiful.