Cutting the Grass
Answered by Tom Mugridge
Q: Is it a good idea to change the direction that we cut our grass?
neighbor cuts on a diagonal and says it helps the grass. Is this true?
A: It actually is a good idea to change directions,
weekly if you like. This will keep the grass from bending and growing in
the same direction all the time.
I normally mow east to west one week and
north to south the next, with an occasional diagonal mowing once in a while
just for variety.
Q: My husband says that if you cut the grass often it will grow more. He
says if you leave it alone a little longer it won't grow as fast. Is this
true? Thank you
A: Grass doesn't really grow slower if you mow it less often,
or faster if you mow frequently.
Most of this is a matter of perception;
the more you mow the faster the grass seems to grow because you're mowing
all the time.
If you mow infrequently (like I do), the grass seems to grow
slower because you aren't mowing that often!
So, it's all in the eye of the beholder.
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