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It can be overwhelming trying to cut an overgrown lawn. Trying to tackle the grass in one fell swoop may not be practical.

While you may be anxious to rid your yard of tall grass, you run the risk of damaging your trimmer and lawn if you do not use the correct techniques to arrest overgrown grass.

Cutting tall grass takes a lot of time and energy, so it’s best to work smart from the start. A more tempered approach is better to help keep it under control.

  • Start by reducing the grass to a height that you can manage a lot easier.
  • Ensure you wear your safety gear to protect your eyes, hands, and body from potential harm as you work.

Work with a Plan

Plan a series of continuous cuts for a few weeks to stop the grass from drying back for a lack of nutrients.

Cut the grass only on warm, clear days and when the grass is very dry. If there is haze in the atmosphere, it increases the chance for turf disease.

Trim with the right Tools

To reduce the height of the grass, you will need the following tools to trim it down to a more manageable height:

  • A Scythe
  • Trimmer
  • Sickle

If your grass is already at knee height or higher, you will need your best weed whacker to get it down.

  1. Reduce the grass to about half its height and let it rest for a few days to allow it to repair itself.
  1. For a really overgrown lawn, trim the remaining grass about 4 days later to half its height once again. Alternately, you may wait until it is about 6-8 inches high before trimming. Give the grass a few more days to recover.
  1. Adjust the trimmer so that it can trim at least a third of the current height of the lawn.

Cut Frequently

To get an even, precise cut, trim the lawn using overlapping passes. Then saturate the lawn completely with water and let it rest for several days.

After these steps, cut the grass every three to five days until you get the height you are comfortable with.

As you are trimming, move the trimmer blades at least a third of the way down every time.

At each trimming schedule, cut the grass in opposite directions to help the blades to keep erect.

Water, Water, Water

Consistent watering will help keep the grass healthy even though it may not be growing very much at this stage.

Continue to saturate the grass heavily after each trim. If it rains, there’s no need to water it heavily.

Feed our Lawn

After the lawn is trimmed to your desired height, you may need to fill in any patches that were created.

  • Dethatching dried leaves helps the sunlight to and water to penetrate the roots so they can thrive.
  • Aerate the soil to allow the grass to receive much needed nutrients and water. Apply some compost or sand to help provide added nutrients.
  • Apply the correct amount of seed grass to you lawn. Next, fertilize it to help speed up the growth of the newly laid grass.


Lawn Too High? How to Cut an Overgrown Lawn

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