When is the last time you mowed your lawn? In certain neighborhoods, there are homeowner associations or county regulations that require homeowners to keep their grass at a certain length. Of course, overgrown grass can be unsightly, especially if everyone else in the neighborhood keeps a manicured lawn. Beyond aesthetics, tall grass is a preferred hiding place for unwanted insects, reptiles, and vermin. It can also make it seem like your property is vacant, which can attract thieves or people looking for an empty place to get up to no good.

For many reasons, it’s a good idea to keep your grass mowed. But you don’t want to go in the opposite direction, where the grass is cut too short, since it can cause the grass to die. Really, there’s no substitute for cutting the grass regularly, fertilizing when necessary, and ensuring that it’s properly irrigated by rain, dew, or a sprinkler system.

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