Mowing your grass long
Advantages of keeping your grass long
Mowing your lawn long has many advantages. Long, thick blades of grass are often healther than short blades of grass. Thick grass prevents soil erosion, filters contaminants from rainwater, and absorbs many types of airborne pollutants, like dust and soot.
When your grass is cut high, it discourages insects from attacking your lawn. Having a higher cut lawn also prevents those ugly weeds we so desperately try to get rid of.
Thick, long blades of grass will also help lower your water bill. When grass is long, you won't have to water it as much because moisture is reserved in the leaf tissue and the root system of the grass. When your grass is long, it shades it's roots, retaining moisture and allowing the soil to stay fresh.
Birds and Long Grass
If you want to provide a natural habitat for local birds, keep your grass a little long. Healthy grass provides a home for insects, worms, and other types of food for birds.
Depending on what kind of grass you have, it's best to keep your lawn at about 2.5 inches above the ground. How high your grass should be also depends on the season. During the spring and fall months, your lawn should be about 2 inches above the ground.
What type of grass?
Choose grass that grows best in your area. Do not plant grass that is susceptible to fungal disease if you live in a humid climate. Do not plant grass that needs a lot of water if you live in an area with water shortages. Grass that is well-adapted to your area will grow better and resist local pests and diseases better.
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