MidWest Gardening forum: Mowing Grass

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Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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May 26, 2016 2:12 PM CST
Where do you stand on mowing grass? I find it varies a great deal 'tween person to person. Met a man once who was dead set against grass and did not have any. Others are at the opposite extreme it seems. I live in a very rural area. Example: My driving direction for new visitors: ...turn north on F off of Hwy 33.I'm the 2nd house on the right, 1.6 miles north of 33. But, I digress. I have not mowed for over a week since my mower is in the shop. Does not look the best but I doubt the world will end. My nearest neighbor mows every day. Has a $10K mower. Once I invented a question, an excuse to go over there. I asked: "How do you tell where you have already mowed? Does it matter?" was the response. OK, when I worked on a farm and had a bad day at the office, it as very mentally healthy to fire up the tractor and the brush hog and go out and spend some time. I see that. And there are people who live in towns that have ordinances about mowing grass, I know that (always thought that was perhaps silly.) What do you do? Gene
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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May 26, 2016 4:12 PM CST
We don't have a huge grass area - more garden than grass - so it takes DH maybe 45 minutes. No lawn tractor here. We live on a cul-de-sac in a subdivision backing up to woods and wetlands. We don't mow any shorter than 3 inches and only when it needs it while others literally scalp their lawns. Funny - when we moved here, everyone would mow their grass on garbage day and I thought it so bizarre.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
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May 26, 2016 6:45 PM CST
We mow only as needed and we keep it probably about 3 inches or so. We try to stay ahead of it but can't always get ahead if we have a lot of rain like we do now.
Name: Dave
Southern wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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May 26, 2016 6:48 PM CST
We have more yard than garden. But i don't have a set schedule for mowing. Just when it needs it in my opinion. I cut my grass fairly high though to help choke out the weeds. And it's a little softer on the feet. I have heard longer cut grass helps the roots to set.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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May 27, 2016 8:33 AM CST
When DD lived in TN, they had a huge front yard. It would take SIL hours to mow in the hot TN sun. If it were me, I would only mow an area closest to the house and let the rest go to meadow or field.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Deb
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May 27, 2016 8:56 AM CST
We enjoy our lawn (crochet, bocce, volleyball, sitting in lawn chairs with feet in grass) and mow it at least weekly (more often in the spring) using a mulching rider set at 5 (3+ inches). We also have a compact battery mower (love it!) which is less noisy and easier to manipulate in the tight spaces. We also have large garden beds, which keeps it all in scale. We don't fertilize or poison or overseed the lawn, it is just pasture grass kept short. We let our fields grow till the grass starts heading out, then mow with a brushhog. I like the fields both long and short - our occasional mowing schedule keeps the noxious weeds (thistle, ragwort, blackberries) under control.

That said, if I lived on a smaller lot I would likely devote most of it to garden beds.
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north of Kansas city MO (Zone 5a)
May 27, 2016 4:25 PM CST
Have alot to mow several acres. We mow continuously but we have a business and have to keep it under control. The section not used just grows. I would love to develop it for wild life. DH mows way too short but he says he doesn't have to mow as often, I disagree he has to mow more because the weeds get started. We don't fertilize or weed control because me and my animals are in it all the time.

Have a friend in a housing addition and has to mow every 3 days because in my opinion the over use of chemicals from the people who are hired. She asked if I wanted her clippings told her no, she needed to put a skull and crossbones on those bags. Now having said all that her lawn is beautiful, I just know it is not good for us or the streams. One evening I was waiting for her to get home to meet me. The porch light was on and it dawned on me there were not any bugs flying around it...and no it wasn't a special light. That spoke millions to me.

If I had a normal lot like in a subdivision I would try to get rid of the sod and do flowers and paths.

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