Monday, August 1, 2011

What length or height should my grass be at in Sarasota-Bradenton, Fl?

Individuals take a lot of pride when it comes to the look and how much hard work they have put into their lawn.  Keeping your lawn healthy and yard beautiful is no easy task.  A common concern is what is the appropriate height for the grass.  People also frequently ask how short they should be cutting their grass.

While the exact height that is healthiest actually depends on the season, type of grass, and the weather; the standard for most grasses is approximately 3 inches.  To achieve the strong healthy grass every lawn desires requires balance.  Cut the grass too short and your lawn will develop yellow patches of unhealthy grass.  This can be caused by a few things.  One reason is that the grass is stressed from too much of the leaf (or blade) of grass being cut off.  Typically, in a single mow you should not remove more than 1/3 of the grass because this causes damage.  The second most common reason for yellow patches of grass is that it has dried or burned out.  Once again, chopping off too much of the blade of grass is the culprit!  By removing most of the leaf area, you affect your lawn's ability to draw in the nutrients of water and sunlight it requires. Also, cutting your lawn too short affects the structure of the grass. It alters the grasses' root systems by damaging its ability to grow and this puts undo stress on the lawn.

The last thing that will ensure a proper cut to your lawn is sharp lawnmower blades.  A nice sharp blade on your lawnmower delivers a smoother and cleaner cut.  The more smooth and clean the cut is, the healthier your lawn and grass will remain.  Most professionals recommend that lawn mower blades should be maintained and sharpened after approximately ten hours of usage and service.  This can either be done by yourself,or by a worker or professional you hire.  Good luck on your lawn and happy mowing!

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