When Should the Grass Be Cut?

Have you ever asked “When should the grass be cut and how long should I let it get before causing problems?” 

I mowed the lawn for our family when I was a kid and my parents were always telling me not to wait to long before the next grass cutting. But no one back then gave me an actual measurement so after a lot of trial and error and working in this business for years I came out with my own rule of thumb.

How to know when to cut the grass or how long you should let the lawn reach before cutting it is perhaps the most frequently asked questions I get about lawn care that people have. And, “How much of the grass blade should be removed at one time when you are cutting grass?” is a natural companion to that first question. I’m here to straighten it out for you the best I can.

My General Rule of Thumb

How do you know when to mow and how high you should let the grass get before mowing? Well, my general rule of thumb for determining what the grass height should be on your lawn. An optimal height for a cool-season grass generally is about 2 1/2 inches. And every time you mow, you should only be removing about the top 1/3 of the grass blades. Consequently, a good time to mow lawns is when your grass is around 3 2/3 inches high.

This is what I recommend that you stick to this rule of thumb in fall and, then we’ll talk about the summer. In summer, mowing at a greater height is almost a given because the grass grows so fast. It is not a bad idea, in fact, to choose one of the higher settings on your lawn mower wheels when the weather starts getting really hot, and just mow at that height until we approach the fall season and the weather starts to get cooler this will help grass that’s too short from burning.

My Rule of Thumb Explained

Why do I recommend 2 1/2 inches of grass height in general? Well, what you are striving for is a balance between not leaving it to long or cutting to short. 

On the one hand, if you are letting the grass get tall, you are not mowing very much, which means you are passing up opportunities to stimulate good grass growth and make your lawn healthier and more attractive. But if you cut the grass too short also known as “scalping,” you stress it.

While the 2 1/2-inch height for a cool-season grass is optimal for the fall, it’s not the best in the summer or hotter mowing season. 

Some experts recommend keeping lawn grass around 3 inches tall during spring and summer. Why? Because the extra shading that results may inhibit crabgrass enough to keep it in check. In fall, you can go back to maintaining the 2 1/2-inch height.

Or you can just skip the mowing and call Lawn Care Port Orange for all of your mowing needs.

Lawn Care Port Orange knows what length to cut it and if we are taking on new clients we’d be happy to give you and estimate so call now to find out.

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How to Get Rid of Weeds For Good!

I love the summer time and my grass. I wait all year long, to take my shoes off and sink my feet into lush, radiant green grass that carpets a nice area in the backyard. I hate those stringy pieces of  ivy, coarse clovers or fuzzy dandelions grazing my toes instead!

Hey you have some weeds in your lawn, no big deal but you’re sure to see more! Weeds seem to keep multiplying until they’re a huge, unattractive problem.

Luckily, you can bring your lawn back to life by ridding it of weeds and boosting your turf’s overall health with a few of my tips that will take no time at all. Here’s how to get rid of weeds in your grass for good.

My Lawn Has A Lot Of Weeds. What Should I Do?

Taming a lawn full of weeds might be a daunting task, but it’s all about keeping your turf as weed free as can be.

The Best Way To Get Rid Of Weeds Forever

Even though we consider weeds really suck, they’re plants–just like grass is so that means they’ll grow just as big and thick as our favorite favorite plants if we let them. So, the best way to get rid of weeds is to make your lawn an environment where it’s difficult for them to thrive.

Mow your grass to a shorter level, compacted soil and water-deprived turf all encourage weeds. Reversing these problems and maintaining a healthy lawn is the best way to permanently say goodbye to weeds.

Tricks For Killing Weeds In The Lawn Without Killing Grass?

Herbicides are designed just for thi but you need to be careful and make sure you get the right stuff. Make sure you get herbicide that’s made especially for weeds. So, the pre-emergent for crabgrass or post-emergent for dandelions won’t keep coming back. The right herbicide won’t hurt your lawn (if applied correctly).

Natural Ways to Kill Weeds

If you’re looking for some real natural ways to kill weeds, check these out. And if you go that route, your lawn will be just fine, except you might get some brown spots if you do it wrong. Lol


A carpet of newspaper, which blocks sunlight and oxygen from reaching the soil, will smother weeds already sprouted and prevent new ones from growing, but I wouldn’t use this method on the grass only the beds. Throw down newspaper in the beds to block out the sun. Put them in layers, wet to hold it down, and cover with an inch or two of mulch. If weeds begin to grow in the mulch, use some round up or just add more layers, making a mulch-newspaper lasagna, which eventually will decompose and nourish the soil. Great for the flowerbeds.

Boiling Water

Get yourself an awesome tea pot and make some ice tea. After that fill it up again and heat to boiling, take the pot outside and pour the boiling water on weeds, which will burn up. This is a particularly good way to stick it to those pesky driveway and walkway weeds, because the boiling water can runoff impervious surfaces and cool before it reaches border plants.

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