I’m a gardening expert – why growing your grass longer in spring prevents weeds & the exact height to aim for

AS spring approaches, people spend more time tending their gardens and making sure their lawns are perfectly manicured.

Well, turns out, you might want to leave it a little longer than usual to prevent those nasty weeds from taking over.

It's typical behavior to pull out the lawnmower when the grass seems a little too long or as a regular Saturday activity, but the height of your grass is super important.

According to Sarah who runs LawnChick.com, "aside from ornamental grasses in a garden that grows quite tall, regular grass on your lawn should ideally be kept around two and a half to three inches tall at minimum, regardless of what type it is."

Mowing your lawn too short can harm or kill the grass, which then turns into you having to spend money to fix those problems.

Specifically, throughout the year, you want to keep your lawn at the two-inch mark, but as spring approaches, you'll want to leave it at three inches.

Leaving it at three inches can help "prevent weeds and crabgrass from growing by crowding them out," per Sarah.

But if all this talk about inches is a little confusing, as a rule of thumb, you should only ever be removing the top third of the grass blade.

"This will stimulate growth without putting too much stress on the grass and keeps the blades large enough to prevent weeds from taking hold," the expert explained.

"Even more than how tall your grass should be, it is important not to trim it below two inches tall.

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"Cutting a lawn too short is often referred to as 'scalping' and can provide opportunities for weeds to seed and grow."

A short lawn is exposed to more heat and sunlight, which causes the grass to put more effort into growing blades rather than deepening the roots.

But if your grass growing too fast is the issue, you might want to listen up.

It's important your grass is hydrated accordingly, but if you're finding it's growing at an alarming rate, you could be watering it too much.

An expert told The Sun: “You should cut down on watering the lawn as doing this too frequently can accelerate growth, which means more mowing for you to do.

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"And when the warmer seasons arrive, by avoiding overwatering and fertilizing, you can help the lawn go into a more dormant state during periods of drier weather."

He added: "Watering your grass too often will speed up the growth and therefore need more maintenance to keep looking healthy."

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