Organic Lawns
everything for lawn care all in one place
providing dependable & original lawn tips since 2008
The Lawn Guide
Organic Lawn Mowing

Lawn Mowing Heights to Save Water and Keep Lawns Healthy

In keeping with the principles of organic lawn care of reducing excess water and chemical usages on our lawns, we're going to continue to look into ways to keep our lawn healthier and disease repellent, as well as needing less water to survive. And in this organic lawn care article, we'll take a look into the importance of lawn mowing heights to achieve these purposes.


Reduced Water Needs From Higher Mowing Heights

Mowing the lawn higher will naturally create an insulating blanket which protects the soil underneath the lawn from evaporation. The shorter the lawn - the greater the rate of water evaporation from the soil, and the longer the lawn leaf - the lesser the rate of water evaporation.

This means the soil of the longer cut lawn will need less watering than a lawn which is cut and maintained at shorter heights.

The same principle applies when the heat of Summer arrives, the soil of a low cut lawn will be far more prone to quickly drying out and heating up and damaging the roots of the lawn when compared to a longer cut lawn. The longer cut lawn will naturally insulate and protect the lawn and its soil and roots from the damaging effects of the harsh Australian Summers.

So by cutting our lawns higher, we can save a lot of water every year, as well as saving a lot of money in the process.


Reduced Lawn Problems From Higher Mowing Heights

By reducing the occurrence of lawn problems, we can also reduce our need for chemical treatments to control weeds, pests and diseases, and increased lawn mowing heights can improve lawn health and naturally defeat many of the earliest symptoms of these problems when they first occur.

Lawn mowing heights are very important, and it's easy to say that most people cut their lawns far too short, and as a result, lawns become much weaker which leaves them vulnerable to lawn disease and pest infestations. Short lawns also have a tendency to develop bare patches, of which, only the smallest gaps need to appear in the sward of the lawn that weed seeds can blow in take a foothold in our lawns.

Now while no lawns can be completely weed, pest or disease free, increasing mowing heights keeps our lawns in their best condition possible where the occurrence of the problems can be greatly diminished, and if they do occur - a healthy lawn can often defeat many of these problems on their own.


Don't Mow Lawns Too High

While increased lawn mowing heights are recommended for most Australian lawn owners to increase overall lawn health and reduce water consumption to our lawns, it's important to stress that we are recommending correct lawn mowing heights for our grasses, as opposed to having long grass.

Each grass type will have its own optimum height for lawn mowing, and this information can be found on other pages of this website. But generally speaking, many Australians will keep their lawns at between 1 - 2 cm high, when a more suitable height may be between 3 - 6 cm high dependent on the lawn type.

Leaving our lawns to get any higher than this can increase the speed of growth due to increased photosynthesis, which can also lead to more lawn mowing, more lawn scalping, and other lawn issues.

So when looking for the right height for our lawns - balance and the correct height is vitally important.





All content original and copyright
The Lawn Guide
Lawn Care Tips
you may also like one of
these lawn care articles...
General Lawn Care
IMAGE
Shady Area By Kate Wall 'New Content' Even the best laid lawn can...
IMAGE
'New Content' By Kate Wall Having a neat green lawn not only makes...
IMAGE
10 minute lawn care is easy The Easiest Way To Have A Great Lawn In...
Lawn Repair
IMAGE
Buffalo Seed Heads The Problems of Buffalo Lawn Going To Seed One of...
IMAGE
A specialist lawn coring machine The Lawn Coring and Aeration Process...
IMAGE
Dog urine burning lawn Dogs Urine Burning Lawns The problem of lawn...
Lawn Watering
IMAGE
Watering too often Excessive Watering Of Lawns When we talk about...
IMAGE
When to water lawns Water Requirements For Lawns Generally speaking,...
IMAGE
A malfunctioning sprinkler Checking Reticulation Our reticulation...
Lawn Mowing
IMAGE
Raise Mowing Heights For Soft Buffalo Lawns One of the biggest...
IMAGE
Lawn mower maintenance Preparing For A New Lawn Mowing Season Spring...
IMAGE
Lawn Mowing Heights Deciding On Lawn Mowing Heights Choosing the...
Weeds | Pests | Diseases
IMAGE
Glyphosate Weed Killer A Broad Spectrum Weed Killer Glyphosate will...
IMAGE
White Clover How To Kill White Clover White Clover is noticeable by...
IMAGE
Summer Grass How To Kill Summer Grass Summer Grass is a common weed...
Lawn Varieties
IMAGE
Which Is The Best Lawn Type For Small Yards Choosing a lawn type for...
IMAGE
Matilda - a soft leaf buffalo lawn photo courtesy of Matilda...
IMAGE
Queensland Blue lawn in seed Characteristics of Queensland Blue Couch...
THE LAWN GUIDE ©


Organic lawn care of lawns using natural and organic methods, as well as naturally preventing lawn problems such as weeds pests & disease
independent lawn care tips for australian lawns

Lawn Care Facts
Lawn Fact:
The home lawn is the greatest cleaner of carbon and pollution from our city air of any other plant type we grow. In fact, just 15m2 will produce enough clean oxygen to keep a person alive forever...
Professional lawn care videos sharing quality lawn care tips in an easy video format - click to watch
lawn grubs and disease control video
meanings to the most common terms
used in lawn care practices in australia
Lawn Care Expert
Respected Australian turf and plant breeder Todd Layt shares expert lawn care advice with lawn lovers
LINK TO THE LAWN GUIDE
Grab this image and link to Australia's original & favourite source of quality lawn care tips
THE BUFFALO LAWN CARE SITE
Lawn care tips for Australia's favourite shade grass
Organic lawn care advice to create environmental benefit from our lawns
IMAGE
Using Artificial Fertilisers In Organic Lawn Care The principles of organic lawn care involve...
IMAGE
Kill clover without pesticides Clover Is A Sign Of A Lawn In Trouble When Clover begins taking...
IMAGE
The Problems Caused By Shaded Lawns As we continue to look at preventative means to maintain a...
A low maintenance and environmentally friendly lawn for all warmer regions
IMAGE
Zoysia Lawn Seed Zoysia grass can be grown into a home lawn by many different methods. It can...
IMAGE
One Council park using common Kikuyu Time To Switch Our Parks To Zoysia We're going to take a...
IMAGE
Roadsides are perfect for Zoysia Zoysia - The Great Choice For Low & Medium Use Government...
Lawn care discussions and observations in a friendly blog format from The Lawn Guide
IMAGE
Lawn Club is a new lawn care, lawn mowing, and gardening contractors business information...
IMAGE
Understanding Couch Grass In Queensland Like so many other aspects of Australian life, prior...
IMAGE
Where Do Lawns Come From We're all very accustomed to our lawns these days, they seem to be...

Lawn Care Topics
the lawn guide ~ australia's leading source of quality lawn care information