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Question DetailsAsked on 6/4/2011

Should I let the grass grow to seed before cutting it?

I read that it’s a good idea to let the grass grow to seed before cutting it for the first time. That way, it automatically reseeds itself the way nature would. Is this true?

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For turf grass, that’s likely to do more damage than good. As soon as it’s long enough to cut you should start the mowing routine. One exception would be if you're leaving it as a prairie grass. But if you’ll have to mow at some point, the gain for the mess and time is not worth it.

Answered 7 years ago by Angie's List

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Letting new grass go to seed does not mean it is healthy. You should, however, let it grow long. A healthy drought and sunspot resistant length is 3''. Try to let your grass grow it at least three inches. If it it is not showing signs of seeding let it fill in a little more. Adjust your lawn mover so that the blade is as high as possible - 3'' plus. Then cut quickly, you don't want the weight of the mover crushing the new delicate roots.


Also, your blade should be sharp to cut the soft grass evenly. Take it to your local hardward store (Ace, True Value or hometown) to have the blade sharpened. If your mower doesn't have a manual shift type bar to raise the mower higher off the ground - ask your hardware store to raise the blade as well.


Good luck - late is better than never I hope.

Answered 6 years ago by help1968




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