THIS GARDENING expert revealed the exact length the grass on your lawn should be when you mow it.
Ryan McEnaney, a landscape and garden designer, spoke with Martha Stewart to share exactly when you should mow your lawn and how short the grass should be.
The expert said that you should mow your lawn when it reaches between one to three inches, depending on your climate and the type of grass you have in your yard.
“The key is to not cut back more than one-third of its length with each mowing,” McEnaney said.
“Cutting it too short can stress the grass and increase the available space for weeds to make their way into the turf. Leaving the grass a bit longer results in a stronger root system as well, helping grass stand up better to periods of drought or other stressors.”
This advice is important as summer approaches.
When the hottest months of the year come, it is vital that your grass has a strong root system that can access water that is deeper in the earth.
This was the first of several tips McEnaney provided to those looking to keep their lawn in top shape this summer.
As far as how much to water your lawn, the gardening expert said that this relies heavily on the “grass type, climate, and time of year.”
However, if you just seeded your grass or laid sod, then you will definitely need to water more than usual.
“When this is the case, watering in the morning and early evening will help the turf establish well,” McEnaney advises.
“For established lawns, aim for roughly one to one and a half inches of water per week, either naturally or applied.”
McEnaney also gave advice on how to save dying grass, an inevitable struggle for many gardeners during the summer.
The expert said the grass may go dormant, and you should not give up hope if the situation turns brown.
“If you see your lawn turn brown, continue to water once every couple of weeks, and as temperatures drop, you should see the green come back,” he explained.
Apparently, if you are having issues maintaining the health and moisture of your grass in the summer, it is best to water deeply for about 20 to 30 minutes less frequently.
This comes as another gardening expert revealed how to get a super green lawn by using a cheap kitchen item.
And if you want to avoid harsh chemicals, here’s a natural trick to getting rid of nasty pests in your garden.
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