Environmentally Friendly Way to Mow Your Lawn
By: Danny Lipford
Changing the way you mow your grass can save water by reducing the need for lawn irrigation. Here’s how:
- Use a mulching mower and blade. Leaving the grass clippings on the lawn will provide natural, organic nitrogen and help retain moisture.
- Don’t cut the grass too short. Set your cutting depth to leave 2½” to 3” of grass. Taller grass protects the stem from sunlight, makes a stronger root system, and reduces evaporation.
It may be hard to believe, but even the way you cut your grass can be considered green. Here’s why. Your grass is 80 to 90 percent water, so to keep it healthy, you have to make sure it gets plenty H-2-O. If you can cut back on water usage just by some simple mowing techniques, then you’ve got a green lawn in more ways than one. To start with, make sure your mower has a mulching blade installed. Leaving the grass clippings on the lawn will provide natural, organic nitrogen and keep moisture in. Secondly, don’t cut the grass too short. Set your cutting depth to leave 2 ½ to 3 inches of grass. Taller grass will protect the stem from heavy sunlight and it makes a stronger root system. Plus, it means there will be less evaporation, so less water is needed to keep it healthy.