Do you know what grass species grows in your landscape? That is a very important question to answer in terms of how you mow your lawn. It is vital that lawns are mowed at a height appropriate to the specific grass species. You do not want to remove more than one-third of the grass blade at one time.Here are four of the most common grass species found in Kansas:
- Fescue: 2.5-3.5 inches
- Kentucky Bluegrass: 2-3 inches
- Zoysiagrass: 1-2 inches
- Bermudagrass: 1-2 inches
- Buffalograss: 2-3 inches
“Mowing at the appropriate height for the grass species is critical to the development of a healthy lawn and allows you to use the 1/3 rule more effectively.” – kansasgreenyards.org If the grass is mowed too low, removing a large portion of the grass blade it can expose the stem to the high temperatures which in return makes the cools season grasses require more water.
If you are not sure of your lawn’s grass species and want help keeping your lawn healthy and beautiful, contact Hermes Landscaping in Lenexa, KS. We gladly provide residential and commercial landscaping services for the Kansas City Metro area.
Source: kansasgreenyards.org Photo: indylawnpro.com