One Step to a Healthy Lawn
Is there a secret to growing a healthier lawn in one, easy step? Yes, and it can be summed up in two words – mow higher. According to turf maintenance professionals, the single most important thing a homeowner can do to improve a lawn is to raise the mower blade.
Longer grass means deeper roots. That helps the plant absorb more moisture and nutrients and protects it from stress and drought. Taller grass shades the soil to reduce moisture loss and reduce weeds like crabgrass that need sunlight to germinate. The result is a healthier lawn with less watering, pesticides, fertilizer and work.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture recommends mowing grass to a height of two to three inches. Another half-inch in the summer is even better, according to some turf specialists.
Whether cutting the lawn long or short, it’s important to remember to direct clippings back onto the lawn where they add the equivalent of one fertilizer application.
City Prohibits Depositing Yard Waste in Streets
A Plymouth ordinance prohibits mowing, raking and blowing yard waste into the street.
Rain carries yard waste from gutters and streets into the storm sewer system where it can block the flow of water. This can cause localized flooding.
Yard waste in the street also degrades water quality. Grass, leaves and other yard waste in streets are carried through the storm sewer system to lakes, wetlands and streams. They add phosphorus and sediments to these water resources. Phosphorus encourages algae growth and sediment clouds the water.
Plymouth residents are making a significant investment in restoring and maintaining the health of the community’s water resources through programs and projects funded by the surface water utility fee. Enforcing this ordinance is one step to help safeguard that investment.
Mow Clockwise for Clean Lakes
Here is a simple suggestion to improve your lawn and protect our lakes at the same time. Make two clockwise passes around your yard with your mower before starting your regular mowing pattern. This will direct grass clippings onto the lawn where they will help shade the soil and feed the growing grass plants.