Mowing in Drought/Dry Summer - Knowledgebase Question

Atlanta, Ge
Question by duane_smith
July 17, 2010
Water restrictions are in effect in many cities, so I'm looking for creative ways to best take care of my lawn. This may sound crazy, but are there certain ways I can mow my lawn to help it grow again?


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Answer from NGA
July 17, 2010

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It helps if you mow high in the summertime and leave the clippings on the lawn.
I mow when the grass blades are three inches tall ? then only remove one third of the blade. This higher level helps shade the soil and keeps the roots a little cooler so the grass doesn't suffer quite so much heat stress. Give it a try - I think you'll see a difference in the performance of your lawn. Best wishes with your turf!

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