Boy cutting grass around the house in summertime - focusing on the operation

Why is it important to mow at high settings?

Mow at the highest setting for strong roots, grub control and less weeds.

Homeowners have a bad habit of mowing lawns short. Many dream of their lawn looking like a golf course.

Fun fact: Golf course fairways are mowed three times per week with a frequently-sharpened reel mower, and irrigated daily during the summer. Sounds quite ambitious for the average person.

Mowing your grass at a height less than 3 inches is actually stressful to your lawn and may end up requiring dealing with unwanted side effects, like weeds and insects.

Rebecca Finneran

Michigan State University Extension

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