What Happens When Grass Gets Cut Too Shortly?

What Happens When Grass Gets Cut Too Shortly?

If you cut your grass to too short a length, your lawn can face some repercussions.

When you mow the lawn, you may be tempted to cut your grass to as short a length as possible. After all, it would take longer to reach a height that would warrant cutting it again, so you could avoid having to mow as often, right? Well, while this sounds like a good idea, there is such a thing as cutting your grass too shortly. If you cut your grass to too short a length, your lawn can face some repercussions.

You Limit Your Lawn’s Ability to Store Energy

When your grass is cut to a length that’s too short, your lawn takes on extra strain. Grass blades are actually leaves, even if we don’t often see them that way. When a leaf blade is too short, it has a tougher time trying to undergo photosynthesis and keep energy stored because it’s unable to absorb sunlight as quickly as before. This leaves your lawn in a weakened state, making it susceptible to various problems, like pests, diseases, and weeds.

How to Restore a Lawn That Has Been Damaged

Is your grass too short at the moment? If so, there are steps you can take to restore your lawn back to top form. First of all, you need to give your grass time to get back to the right height. When you cut in the future, you never want to cut more than one-third of the length of the blade. Another way to keep your lawn in good shape is to water deeply by using proper irrigation. This makes it easier for your lawn to recover from damage.

What Height is Best for Your Lawn?

As we approach summer, many turfgrasses will want to be kept at a fairly large height. We recommend having grass blades at heights of between 3 and 3.5 inches. When you’re mowing your lawn, you should only cut the top third of it, meaning you’ll want your lawn to get just a little bit above four inches before you start cutting. Doing this will help your lawn develop more root growth instead of stifling it.

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