Mow High

By National Gardening Association Editors


Lake Champlain International

How tall is your grass?

That might sound like a strange question, but cutting your grass 3 inches or higher can be very beneficial for the health of the watershed. Taller grass helps prevent potentially polluted water from running off your lawn and into storm drains and down roads. It also helps keep your lawn grasses healthy by promoting deep, resilient root systems that are drought resistant and able to fend off weeds, pests, and diseases. You'll protect waterways and save time and money by not having to purchase and use pesticides or herbicides.

Don't forget to leave the clippings on the lawn when you mow. This will recycle the nutrients your grass needs to be healthy, so you'll save money by reducing or eliminating the need to purchase fertilizer. A little change can go a long way for clean water!

From our friends at Lake Champlain International, the water quality experts. More tips at

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