Avoiding A Scalped Lawn



Lawn Care

A scalped lawn is at risk of drying out, developing severe damage or dying. Lawns become scalped when too much grass leaf is removed in one mow. This occurs when you’ve either mown too low altogether or, if you have an uneven lawn and the raised sections are cut too close to the ground.

An even, unscalped lawn

Having an uneven lawn is usually only a problem for newly established grass. And even then, it typically settles down and spreads itself out.

However, if it doesn’t fix itself and remains uneven, it’d be a good idea to consider topdressing it.

By setting your mowing height too low and removing too much leaf at once, you can leave the thatch layer exposed. The thatch layer will dry out and brown, not only looking bad but leaving the crowns of the grass exposed. If the crowns become damaged, that area of grass will die off.

But, simply raising your mowing height after scalping your lawn won’t fix the problem. As the grass grows, the thatch level and crowns grow higher too. Eventually, the thatch will catch up to the mowing height and you risk scalping your lawn again.

If this is the case, you’ll need to dethatch before re-adjusting your mowing height and frequency.

A happy lawn

The correct mowing height and frequency will depend on your grass variety and the time of year. Working out what is best for your lawn will keep it healthy and happy.

Avoid a Scalped Lawn

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