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To mow or not to mow?


Joined: Oct 23, 2011
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I've been letting my grass grow unmowed for the last three weeks and I'm actually enjoying the thick, green, untamed, healthy look. I haven't watered outside of the generous rain that's been falling (twice the normal annual average), and the lawn is largely more shaded than sunlit, though every part gets at least a little sun in the day. The grass is a mix of Scotts tall, fine and red fescue, bluegrass and ryegrass. I fertilized once in the early spring along with the seasonal overseeding and sprayed one application of Ortho Weed-B-Gon three weeks ago to fight the weeds leaking in from my neighbors' unkempt, patchy low-mowed lawns on either side. I generally mow with a manual Craftsman push mower at about 2.5 to 3 inches height, except for the last three weeks. The grass stalks are starting to grow seeds at the top now.

Is there a reason, other than cosmetic, for me to go back to mowing the lawn?
paul wheaton

Joined: Apr 01, 2005
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Location: missoula, montana (zone 4)
mowing does help the grass outcompete weeds.

I think I would rather have the weeds than the weed death stuff.

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I don't have a weed in the lawn. I did use one application of Weed-B-Gon, but otherwise, the grass has been tall and thick and nothing else has been able to compete with it. In fact, it has resisted the abundant weeds from the neighbors' low-sheared lawns very well.
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