It’s a little miraculous if you think about it. You mow and trim your lawn time and time again, and yet the grass keeps coming back for more. There aren’t many plants that would survive that.
What is the key to its survival?
It’s all about how grass grows. Most plants grow from their extremities, from the tips of their branches and stems. That’s why plant care can be so complicated. Some plants love a vigorous prune, and for others it’s bad news. For grasses, the base of the plant (known as the crown) is where the majority of its growth happens, although some growth occurs in the leaf of the plant too. The crown of the grass plant sits at the soil line. It’s a very busy part of the plant, creating the root systems and producing the grass shoots.
What does mowing do?
Your grass depends on photosynthesis to make its food, and absorbing sunlight is essential for this. Each grass leaf is a solar panel. When you mow your lawn, you remove lots of solar panels and damage the plant’s ability to absorb sunlight and make food. The grass doubles down and pushes out more growth. This is why mowing a lawn can make it more lush. However, too much close mowing damages your lawn in the long run because the plants put all their energy into growth and are less able to fight off disease or maintain colour. It also damages the roots! That’s why we recommend not mowing your lawn at this time of year. The Paynes Turf team work hard all year round to keep our turf happy and healthy and make sure that our grass is in tip top shape for landscapers and gardeners around the country. It’s a huge balancing act, but our care and dedication makes us a dependable supplier of quality turf.
Did you know?
When left to their own devices, grasses will grow to their maximum height and then go to seed. Their seeds typically grow at the tip of the plant. But some grasses have adapted to mowing. Their seeds form close to the ground, out of reach of the mower blades.