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
Fertilisers can cause environmental damage Environmental Impact Of...
IMAGE
10 minute lawn care is easy The Easiest Way To Have A Great Lawn In...
IMAGE
Keep it neat & tidy By Kate Wall 'New Content' Part of mowing a lawn...
Lawn Repair
IMAGE
Buffalo Lawn Thatch Thatch In Buffalo Lawns Thatching in Buffalo...
IMAGE
Improving Lawn Soil The soils underneath our lawns are more...
IMAGE
Repairing a Hard Lawn Hard Lawns and Compacted Soils Lawns, and more...
Lawn Watering
IMAGE
Correct retic sprinkler heights Lawn Sprinkler Heights Whether laying...
IMAGE
Watering too often Excessive Watering Of Lawns When we talk about...
IMAGE
A malfunctioning sprinkler Checking Reticulation Our reticulation...
Lawn Mowing
IMAGE
Long periods between mowing shouldbe avoided to maintain good lawn...
IMAGE
Using Lawn Edgers Safely Using Lawn Edgers Safely Lawn edgers will...
IMAGE
Raise Mowing Heights For Soft Buffalo Lawns One of the biggest...
Weeds | Pests | Diseases
IMAGE
Mature Wintergrass with seeds How To Kill Winter Grass Winter grass...
IMAGE
Mature Nutgrass How To Kill Nutgrass | Mullumbimby Couch For the sake...
IMAGE
Petty Spurge How To Kill Petty Spurge Petty Spurge is a common weed...
Lawn Varieties
IMAGE
Stunning Microscopic Photos of Buffalo Grass Amazing Photos of...
IMAGE
What Is A Drought Tolerant Lawn The drought tolerance of lawns refers...
IMAGE
Avoid your turf wearing out 'New Content' Scuff Turf™ is the...
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:
A waxy coating on the grains of soil is responsible for the water repelling effect that is often seen in soils, resulting in poor lawn or plant health. In a similar manner to detergents, Wetting Agents will break down this waxy coating, allowing for easier water absorption and retention. Wetting Agents should be included as a normal part of the maintenance routine of every lawn and applied at least twice a year.
Professional lawn care videos sharing quality lawn care tips in an easy video format - click to watch
correct lawn watering and fertilising 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
Low toxic natural methods to control ants Control Ants In The Lawn, Garden and Paving Ants can...
IMAGE
Natural control of lawn weeds Controlling Lawn Weeds Without Pesticides Weeds don't need to...
IMAGE
Lawn Clippings Are Full Of Natural Nutrients Lawn clippings from mowing are an excellent...
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
Nara Zoysia growing well in the USA By Todd Layt 'New Content' Sold as Nara™ Native Turf in...
Lawn care discussions and observations in a friendly blog format from The Lawn Guide
IMAGE
Lawns Are The Greatest Carbon Cleaners We should all have confidence in our lawns, knowing...
IMAGE
This is a media summary for the independent research which we reference on The Lawn Guide,...
IMAGE
Lawn Club is a new lawn care, lawn mowing, and gardening contractors business information...

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