Cutting an Overgrown Lawn

Cutting an Overgrown Lawn

You have just been asked to cut great aunt Helen’s yard and when you get there with your lawnmower the grass is nearly a foot long.  You are faced with the task of getting the lawn under control and get rid of all that overgrown grass.  Cutting an overgrown lawn is a lot more work than your regular Saturday afternoon mow on your own lawn.  You can damage your lawn if you aren’t careful about cutting overgrown grass so here are some tips to keep it healthy.

Mowing the Lawn Safely

One of the things you will have to do is to keep the lawn mowed regularly from this point but to get started you need to slowly trim the height of the grass.  With the first mow start by setting the lawn mower at the maximum height for a cut.  This is the safest way to start cutting the overgrowth and bringing your lawn back to a healthy condition. You don’t want to damage the turf below or you will damage the “crown”.

Being Careful not to Damage the Lawn

Grass grows from the part of your lawn called the crown.  When you mow an overgrown lawn you run the risk of damaging the crown then you can damage future growth.  When the crown is damage you may ultimately end up have to re-sod your lawn.  When you leave your lawn to grow wildly without cutting the grass regularly, the crown above the topsoil making your lawn easy to damage.

Getting it Done All at Once

If you want to cut the grass in one shot it is far easier to do when the weather is cooler than on a very hot day.  When you have long grass it is dry at the top and there is more moisture underneath.  Take off the top layer of grass first where it is dry, ideally you want to let the grass underneath dry out so that is stands up and you can get a proper cut.  Start earlier in the day and take off the top most layer, wait until later in the day to take off the next layer.  Depending on the size of the lawn this could take the entire day.

Beware of Hidden Rocks

When you mow long grass there could be any number of things hidden underneath from rocks to kid’s toys or anything else.  That can pose a danger to you and your lawnmower blades.  Be sure to walk around first and check the long grass for any obstacles that can get in the way.

When you cut back the grass for the first time after it has gotten so long you can expect it the grass to be brown for a couple of days.  Just make sure that it stays watered and it should return to normal in about a week or so.