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Is Lawn Mowing Height Really That Important?

Is Lawn Mowing Height Really That Important?

Unless you have a passion for lawn care like the pros at our mowing company, you probably are not a huge fan of mowing the lawn every single week. The monotony of this task makes it tempting to just mow the grass as short as possible and then forget about it for a few weeks--but doing this can actually spell disaster for your once healthy, green lawn.

Learn why mowing height for lawns in Carmel, Westfield, Noblesville, and surrounding cities is incredibly important for your grass' health.

Mowing height affects many other aspects of your lawn.

When you keep your cool-season grasses at the correct height for their type, your lawn will be much happier and healthier. The correct height of your lawn depends on the type of grass you have, whether it be tall fescue, perennial ryegrass, Kentucky bluegrass, or fine fescue. Here's how mowing height affects other aspects:

Spider Lawn & Landscape lawn care worker mowing a yard at the proper height in Carmel, IN.

  • Photosynthesis: When your grass is too short, it cannot perform adequate photosynthesis. In turn, this has adverse effects on the health of the grass and its root system. Taller blades can photosynthesize much more efficiently and transport nutrients throughout the entire structure of your lawn.
  • Root growth: If you want shallow root growth that will cause your grass to be very weak and likely to be overtaken by weeds, insects, or fungal disease, then continue to mow at a short height. If, however, you want a strong root structure that will support a healthy, full lawn, ...
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Mowing Height Guide for Indiana Lawns

Mowing Height Guide for Indiana Lawns

If you mow your lawn, but are not doing it correctly or routinely, then you may be contributing to the turf's ultimate demise. Routine, precise mowing techniques help your lawn thrive and without them, your grass can weaken, which in turn makes it much more susceptible to the threats of fungal lawn disease or harmful insect invasions.

At Spider Lawn & Landscape, our lawn mowing experts have determined the ideal mowing heights for each type of cool-season grass that we have in Noblesville, Westfield, Carmel, and nearby areas of Indiana. Learn about how you should mow Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, tall fescue, and fine fescue.

Kentucky bluegrass should be kept at certain heights in spring, summer, and fall.

If your lawn is made up of Kentucky bluegrass, then it needs to be kept at certain heights during the growing season. In spring and fall, make sure the grass blades are around 2.5 to 3 inches in height, while the summer height should be an inch taller at 3 to 3.5 inches.

The difference in height can be attributed to the fact that cool-season grasses grow faster in spring and fall, whereas the growth slows somewhat in the summer.

Your perennial ryegrass needs to be about 2 to 2.5 inches in height.

Perennial ryegrass growing on a Noblesville, IN lawn.

When mowing perennial ryegrass, you need to make sure the grass is about 2 to 2.5 inches in height. This keeps it from getting too short. In summer, consider adding a half inch in height so that the grass will be just tall enough to...

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Are You Killing Your Lawn by Cutting it Too Short?

Are You Killing Your Lawn by Cutting it Too Short?

At Spider Lawn & Landscape, we love mowing lawns, but we know that for many people, it is not their favorite thing to do. In fact, a lot of those people tend to mow their lawns as short as possible to avoid mowing the grass more frequently. However, this is not a good practice to start, because cutting your lawn too short can end up killing the grass.

Learn how you can irreparably harm and even kill your lawn in Noblesville, Carmel, Westfield, and nearby Indiana areas by cutting it too short during the growing season.

Why does it hurt your lawn to cut it too closely?

A Noblesville, IN home lawn dying from being cut too short.

In order for your grass to effectively absorb nutrients, the blades have to be kept at a certain height. When they are too short, the grass is harmed by the heat of the sun and is exposed to too much sunlight. Additionally, the shorter grass then allots more energy toward growing the blades instead of creating a deeper root system.

In turn, this weakens your grass, blades, roots, and the overall structure of the lawn. A weakened lawn will then be much more susceptible to catching lawn diseases or falling victim to insect infestations. It also will not be able to fight off weeds and can be overtaken by those invasive plants.

Lawn disease, insects, and weeds all have the potential to quickly kill off your lawn, destroying the hard work you put in to cultivating it.

How tall should your grass be during the growing season?

Stand-up mower cutting a lawn in Westfield, IN.

The prescribed height of grass blades varies by the...

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Our Top 3 Lawn Mowing & Maintenance Practices for 2020

Our Top 3 Lawn Mowing & Maintenance Practices for 2020

Because our lawn mowing and maintenance schedule will begin in a little more than a month, we thought it would be a good time to discuss some of our top lawn mowing and maintenance practices.

Here at Spider Lawn & Landscape, our lawn mowing services begin in late March and run through late October or early November depending on the year's weather conditions. We mow both residential and commercial lawns in Westfield, Carmel, and Westfield, IN.

As you prepare to recruit our lawn mowing and maintenance services, here are three practices we implement to keep your residential or commercial lawn in pristine condition.

1. We don't skip out on any part of the lawn maintenance process.

Some homeowners will mow their lawns themselves but fail to perform the rest of the lawn maintenance process. When you recruit our team, we won't skip out on any of the essential components of lawn maintenance. You'll receive comprehensive string-trimming and edging services in addition to regular lawn mowing visits.

Edging and string-trimming give your residential or commercial landscape a manicured look.

Our team shows up on every scheduled visit to complete a thorough job. Plus, we complete each visit by cleaning up after ourselves. We blow grass clippings back onto your grass to provide it with additional nutrients that will help it grow green and lush.

2. We ensure our lawn mowers always have sharp blades.

If you mow your lawn with a...

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The Importance of Establishing a Lawn Mowing Routine

The Importance of Establishing a Lawn Mowing Routine

One of the most important things you can do for the health of your grass is to make sure it's being mowed not only routinely, but also properly. 

There are many reasons your Indiana lawn in Noblesville, Carmel, Westfield, and nearby areas needs routine mowing, including cosmetic benefits as well as creating stronger, healthier grass.

Increase Your Curb Appeal with Routine Grass Cutting

This grass in Carmel is happy and healthy thanks to routine grass cutting.

One of the benefits of a routine grass cutting schedule is that it gives your lawn a beautiful, uniform appearance. When you keep your lawn maintained, it contributes to the look and feel of your entire neighborhood. Additionally, it could help you stay within any regulations set by your homeowner's association. HOAs often have rules regarding lawn maintenance and how high grass should be. 

When you keep your yard maintained, it reflects well upon you and shows that you have an interest in making sure your property as a whole looks great.

Regular Lawn Mowing Helps Grass Stay Healthy & Strong

In order to keep lawn diseases such as brown patch and common insects like chinch bugs and grubs from damaging your grass, your grass needs to be as healthy and strong as possible. When your lawn is regularly mowed, it keeps the blades at the ideal height for photosynthesis and nutrient absorption. It also ensures the grass grows evenly throughout your yard and that the blades are all getting the correct amount of nutrients.

When your...

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