How often should I mow my lawn?

Question: 

How often should I mow my lawn?

Answer: 

Mowing frequency is based on the growth rate of the turfgrass and mowing height. As a general rule, never remove more than one-third of the total leaf surface at any one mowing. Shorter mowing heights require more frequent mowing. A lawn maintained at a 2-inch height should be mowed when the grass reaches a height of 3 inches, while a lawn maintained at a 3-inch height should be cut when it reaches a height of 4 ½ inches. One inch of growth is removed when the lawn is maintained at a 2-inch height, one and one-half inches of growth is removed when the grass is maintained at a 3-inch height. During favorable growing conditions it may take grass five to six days to grow one inch, eight or nine days to grow one and one-half inches. Irrigation and fertilization practices, weather conditions and other factors determine the growth rate of the turfgrass. 

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