Did You Know
Leaving grass clippings on the lawn using a mulching mower nourishes the lawn and reduces the need for fertilizer, fertilizing 3x a year is recommended for the ideal lawn. Leaving grass clippings, on average, reduces that need by 1x fertilizer application.
In general, the longer you let your lawn grow, the deeper the root system will develop, thereby increasing its chance of withstanding periods of drought and severe heat. Higher grass also allows for increased ground cover to help protect soil from drying out and lets the grass absorb more sunlight. Conversely, if you cut too low, your lawn may develop a shallow root system, making it susceptible to drying out and requiring more maintenance to stay healthy. Additionally, too low a cut may also provide just enough sunlight for weeds to germinate and gain a foothold.
Ideal cutting length for St. Augustine is 3-5inches.
Ideal cutting length for Bermuda is 2-3 inches.
Grasses come in a vast range of sizes and types, ranging from lawn grass to rice, wheat, corn, sugarcane and bamboo.
The largest type of “grass” has the potential to grow up to 120ft high: Bamboo
- With up to 90 percent of the weight of a grass plant in its roots, it makes a very efficient erosion prevention device, also taking out soil particles from silty water and helps purify water entering underground aquifers by its root system and soil microbes acting as a filter to capture and breakdown many types of pollutants.
- A Gallup Survey reported 62 percent of all U.S. homeowners said investment in lawns and landscaping were as good or better than other home improvements. The investment recovery rate is 100 to 200 percent for landscape improvement, compared to a deck or patio that will recover 40 to 70 percent. Proper and well-maintained landscaping adds, on average, 15 percent to a home’s value according to buyers.
- A turf area just 50-ft. square absorbs carbon dioxide, ozone, hydrogen fluoride and perosyacetyle nitrate and releases enough oxygen to meet the needs of a family of four. The grass and trees along the U.S. interstate highway system release enough oxygen to support 22 million people.
- 625 square feet of grass provides enough oxygen for one human being for an entire day.