Grass Height Insight

The lawn. Ideally, it’s the perfect carpet of green that rolls endlessly over your property, its verdant flow interrupted by no unpleasant eyesores. It is paradise, with soothing waterfalls, beautiful flower beds exploding in color, and walkways that lead further and further into your very own personal Garden of Eden.

Or not. Unfortunately, you live in the real world; and the real world comes with real grass that seems determined to thwart you, which means that getting it to look anything like the one in your fantasies will require more than a little work. As a property owner, you know that part of maintaining your lawn means regular mowing. And while it would seem easy to chop it all as short as possible to avoid frequent meetings with your lawn mower, grass height is actually extremely important to the health of your lawn.

What’s the Hype About Height?

Grass height ensures that your turf will have enough cover to keep its roots from getting scorched by the sun. The height also provides enough surface area to keep it insulated against the cold in cooler seasons. Still, it needs to be trim enough to prevent it from accumulating areas of rot or mold and allow the proper amount of light penetration to feed the needs of its growth cycles.

Take Measure

Interestingly enough, improper grass height is one of the most common landscaping mistakes made by property owners. Unless you’ve hired on the help of one of the lawn mowing services in your area or have asked for the advice of a local landscaping service to get some good lawn mowing tips, you may even be unaware that you can adjust the levels of the blade on your lawn mower. Granted, cutting grass is not rocket science. And not achieving the proper grass height for your particular type of grass does not mean the end of the world. Even so, it could very well end your chances of seeing as much green as you’d like this season, so take care to know a little more about how high or low your should really mow.

St. Augustine grass, zoysia grass, Bermuda grass, and centipede grass and are all warm season grasses that hit their peak points in summer. Unlike winter grass or cool season grasses like Kentucky bluegrass which should be kept to height levels between 1 and 4 inches, warm-season turf is a little more broad in its range of heights, sometimes even varying greatly within a region. Regardless of the type of grass, however, no grass should be reduced to a blade length that is more than one-third its natural height in a single mowing period.

Stand tall and take pride in you lawn! Consult with the experts at Executive Landscaping, Inc., today!