Skandi Rogers wrote:Here we have to mow the grass as late as possible because it will grow slowly all winter if we have a warm one. It will also start growing in the spring long before the weather dries out enough to mow it, not mowing it in Autumn will leave us with foot long grass that the mower cannot handle in May.
If one doesn't mow for a year say the dead grass becomes a tough mat and not much can grow through it, it basically smothers itself.
Remember the above points are only true to my climate and my grasses, yours may be different. We get winters where the average temperature from December through til March is just below freezing but with little to no snow and lots of rain and wind.
Kc Simmons wrote:First, big congrats on the new home/property!
A lot will depend on the type of grass and the climate.
Personally, I would probably have it mowed... Just because it's not going to do a ton of damage to the grass/soil lifesince it's already been mowed consistently by the previous owner (so damage has already been done).
Having it short will allow you to observe the actual ground so you can more easily see the high/low points of the land and plan around that, for future projects, as you observe. You'll also be able to explore without worrying about suddenly stepping in a lower spot and falling or spraining an ankle.
You will be getting a source of organic matter to start a compost with, use as mulch, etc. It will come in handy to already have it when you are running around doing other things and don't have time to go out and find stuff on the property.
It won't take long for the grass to grow back so, even if you regret having it mowed, it's not permanent.
These are just some things I thought of. Looking forward to hearing more about your new adventure!
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:
If I were going to try to use a reel mower, I would definitely ask them to mow before they leave. In my experience, reel mowers have a romantically cool ambiance about them, but they are useless as an actual tool in real-life.
Ken W Wilson wrote:I would probably mow now. I would try to identify any small trees that might be growing there first. With all the trees in the neighborhood, you might have a lot of tiny trees.