Think three times before mowing your lawn so short this spring. Your grass may be taking on more harm than you realize. Why should you avoid cutting the grass short? Well…by cutting the grass shorter, you are allowing for more direct sunlight to the plant. This may sound like a good thing, but what is actually happening is allowing the sun to dry up the grass more easily. Another action that may occur by cutting the grass short is “scalping”. Scalping takes place when you cut and remove more than 1/3 of the blade length. This opens up the opportunity for disease and fungus to take place. A preventative measure to take is to cut your lawn at a reccomended length of 3 inches without removing more than 1/3 of the blade height at a time. Also, by leaving your lawn at a 3 inch blade length, this will help choke out and kill off some of the weeds that may consist in your yard.