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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

...Birds like a lawn that’s cut high in the heat


Cattle Egret
During our extremely hot, sunny weather, birds appreciate a lawn that’s mowed high (about 3” or more). It keeps the soil healthier and cooler. Birds can find a little extra safe cover and more food. To paraphrase a friend, when Robins pull worms from the ground, they won’t need pot-holders.

As a licensed Landscape Architect I can also recommend mowing lawns high because the grass will be healthier.  Reason: all those tall grass blades shade the new growth and shade the soil - slowing evaporation; and making you water the lawn less and cooling the roots of the grass plants so they grow better.


OWEN YOST, in addition to being a blogger, is a licensed Landscape Architect emeritus who has lived and worked in north Texas for over 30 years. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award of the Native Plant Society of Texas, and is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), International Federation of Landscape Architects, National Wildlife Federation and the Audubon Society. His office is at in Denton.

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