Mow Less During Drought

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Lawns respond to the weather. When there’s no rain, grass grows slowly, so you to need mow less to help it survive. Why? Every time you mow, grass loses water, like a balloon loosing air through a pinprick. When the ground is dry, lawns become stressed and may die or become susceptible to fungi and insects.

Longer periods between mowing allow grass to conserve water, survive the drought and give you a much-needed break. Watering your lawn during a drought forces grass to grow, which means you’ll have to maintain your mowing schedule.

Tips for Mowing During Drought:

  1. Set mower blades on highest setting.
  2. Mow every 10-14 days.
  3. Do not cut more than one-third the height of the grass. For example, if you usually cut your lawn to a height of 2”, you need to mow your lawn when the grass reaches 3”.
  4. Leave the clippings to gradually decompose, conserve moisture and add nitrogen.

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