Help! I've let my lawn get too tall, what do I Do?

Written by Gene Caballero on September 22, 2016

$300 to mow my lawn??  That is what most cities will charge you for a violation if they have to hire someone to cut it for you.

Every homeowner has faced this dilemma. "My mower broke," or "I've been busy and I forgot" or "I've been out of town." Either way, at some point the lawn had to be mowed no matter how tall it got. Either the homeowner got the "mower fixed" and took the time to slowly and painstakingly go over the tall grass several times or hired someone to come out and bush hog the property.

According to DR Power equipment, anything over 24" tall should be bush or brush hogged due to the thickness and the height of the grass. The main difference between your average mower and a bush or brush hog mower is that your normal mower cuts with a sharp blade and bush hog rather severs with an intentionally very dull wedge-like blade that is much thicker and stronger than your conventional mower blade. Also, the engines on your regular mowers are not as powerful as your bush hog mowers.

So what are your options when it gets too tall to mow? Unfortunately, your small Brigg's & Stratton power push mower may not be able to handle the job.

Here are what some professional landscaping professionals recommend you do when your lawn has taken over.

Feliciano Gomez with Feliciano's Lawn Care in Tampa, Florida says to start with the weed eater. "Depending on how large you lawn is, you may want to start with your weedeater and knock it down as much as you can. This will at least reduce the height and the thickness and possibly allow you to get your mower through your lawn without it stalling every few feet. This will also allow you to see if there are any items in your lawn that need to be removed like dog toys or hose pipes that can ruin your day and mower."

William Davis with Southern Grout Landscaping in Lawrenceville, Georgia says to carefully use your residential mower and mow small portions at a time. "When your grass gets very tall, you will need to raise your mower to the highest setting and work your way down. You may also have to use your push mower and carefully lift the deck and slowly lower it on your grass. Do small sections at a time so you can go back over them to level your grass out and rake up the debris to make it easier."

Justin Morris with JSM Lawns & Landscaping in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee recommends to hire a professional GreenPal. "When your grass gets too tall, you will need to hire a professional to get you lawn back in shape. Our equipment is much more powerful than the average residential mower but the key is keep someone coming to mow consistently. It will take us a few times to get your lawn looking good again but it will be much easier for a professional. Keep in mind that it takes its toll on our equipment as well so normally it's going to cost twice as much initially to get it chopped down."

The key take away here is prevention. Even hiring a lawn mowing service in Murfreesboro, Tennessee can be a breeze. Keeping your lawn mowed on a regular basis will save you money in the long run and keep your lawn healthier. Having the city remind you that you need to mow your lawn is not the neighborly thing to do. Most lawn care professional will charge at least double or triple to get your lawn back into shape if its over 12 inches. Not only is having long grass a blight on your neighborhood, it also harbors bugs, insects, and snakes.

Need help with finding lawn care in your area? Check out GreenPalThumbtack, or HomeAdvisor to get quotes from local lawn pros in your area.   

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