Mowing Height; Renewable Energy 04/10/07 1:59:20 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION,
DAVID KEY , DISTRICT
207 MAIN, SENECA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: THE
WEEK OF MARCH 26, 2007
EXTENSION LINE - K-STATE RESEARCH AND
HOW LOW SHOULD YOU GO?
We often are asked whether it is good to mow lower in
the spring. The answer is “Yes” and “No”. It doesn’t hurt to mow lower than
normal the first mowing or two. As a matter of fact, it can actually speed up
green-up by removing old, dead grass and allowing the soil to warm up faster.
However, the mowing height should be raised to normal after the first or second
cutting so that crabgrass is not encouraged. Crabgrass seed must have light to
germinate, and a high mowing height will shade the soil. Also, the root depth
and mowing height are related on upright growing grasses, such as tall fescue
and Kentucky bluegrass. The higher the height of cut, the deeper the root
system. A deeper root system means a more drought-resistant turf.
So how low should you go on the first cutting? On tall
fescue and Kentucky bluegrass, you should mow at about 1 to 1 ½ inches. Be
careful you don’t go so low that you scalp the turf. Normal mowing height for
Kentucky bluegrass is 2 to 3 inches and for tall fescue is 2 ½ to 3 ½ inches.
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