Crew-cut or mop-top? In the early 1960s, the Beatles stirred up a generational divide and instigated plenty of push-back from parents when their sons let their hair grow. Then the guardians of convention moved on, and men’s hairstyles have never been the same. Will it be the same for low-mow lawns, the mop-tops of the landscape world? I've met plenty of people who are planning to switch.
The low-mow lawn, with its’ soft, matte appearance, is not an abandoned landscape. It grows grass species and cultivars that are on a slower-than-usual track to flower and seed. The advantages are many. They may be mowed once a month, or every six weeks, or only once annually. The recommended cutting height is usually four to six inches. By contrast, conventional lawns are mowed about once per week during the growing season or about 25 times per year in our area.
With fewer visits from power equipment, low-mow lawns are quieter.
Low-mow lawns are water-savers, too.
If you're considering the switch this year, read the full article at Zip06 or download the print version below. The article also has a list of suppliers, offers some thoughts on site preparation, and discusses some of the drawbacks of this style of lawn.