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Mowing your lawn is one of those chores that always seems to need doing, particularly in the warmer months when grass is at its fastest growing speed. It can be very easy to say “I’ll do it tomorrow”, the day that never comes, and before you know it you’ve got knee high grass and a lawn mower covered with a thick layer of dust!

Leaving your lawn for a day or two might seem like an innocent delay, but leaving grass to grow for excessively long periods of time can actually have adverse effects on your lawn.


What Problems Occur If You Don’t Mow Your Lawn? 

Grass Goes to Seed

In periods of stress such as unusually hot weather or being allowed to grow too long, grass can go to seed. This results in the grass looking more like a weed with its small white flowery stems. These stems can be pretty dense and heavy; this weight can actually make the stems fall down, which in turn makes them particularly difficult to mow and remove.


Poor Grass Health

Grass being allowed to grow too long can result in the grass slowly suffocating itself, shading its own roots and soil from sunlight and other sources of essential nutrients. In a general sense, overly-long grass is a lot less healthy than regularly maintained grass. Signs of poor health can visibly display on your lawn, with symptoms such as yellowing or brown patches.


Fines and Complaints

Whilst the general idea of Home Owners Associations (HOA) is much more of an American concept than what you might expect to find here in the UK, there are still some gated communities that have similar organisations such as ‘residents and tenants associations.’ If you live in an area with any of these types of organisations, you might find yourself under pressure from others to maintain your lawn. Some organisations have strict rules about grass growth, and enforce a maximum length at which grass is allowed to grow.

You may also be at risk for complaints from your immediate neighbours as it can affect them directly. For example, excessively long grass is a haven for pest infestations that can easily move over into your neighbours’ garden, especially if your property boundaries are close.


Pest Infestations

Having a poorly maintained lawn is prime real estate for creatures such as voles, crickets, moles, and other such pests to take up residence. Once these kinds of creatures have moved in, it’s not so easy to get them out again.

If you’ve found yourself with a pest problem in your lawn, you may be interested in employing professional services to help manage it. Lawn & Weed Expert offer top quality pest control services for a variety of different infestations; click the link below to find out more about the types of services they offer and how they can help you today.

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When left for long periods of time, excessively long grass with eventually need to be cut down again. Allowing the grass to grow long then suddenly cutting it down to a more manageable length can shock the grass as it suddenly needs significantly less resources than it did before. This shock can actually potentially kill your grass; the grass roots become diminished and your lawn weakens. This in turn makes your lawn more susceptible to insects, diseases, and other types of infestations.

Lawn and Weed Expert offer high quality lawn disease protection that can help defend your lawn from these types of issues.

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If you’re worried about the effects that poor maintenance and irregular mowing has had on your lawn, reach out to Lawn & Weed Expert today to arrange your FREE lawn survey. Our team of highly trained professionals will assess your lawn, identify any current or potential damage, and help identify what type of treatment will best improve the health of your lawn.

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There are a wide number of reasons that an individual may not be able to regularly mow their lawn. If you fall into the category of those who aren’t able to routinely cut their grass, you may benefit from signing up to a lawn care provider.

If you’d like to speak to one of our professionals about any of the services mentioned in this blog post or to discuss the possibility of using our lawn care services, reach out and contact us today. One of our highly trained team members will answer any questions you may have.

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