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Are Low-Mow Grasses the Way to Go? | Mid-Atlantic Regional Report

A low-mow grass path. Photo: Nancy J. Ondra

Here in the Mid-Atlantic, we’re in a transition zone where lawn grasses are concerned. Gardens in the northern parts of our region mostly have cool-season grasses, such as Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis, Zones 3–7) and perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne, Zones 3–8), while gardeners in the hotter, southern parts tend to use warm-season turf grasses, such as Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon, Zones 7–10) and zoysia (Zoysia spp. and cvs., Zones 6–10). Cool-season grasses put on most of their growth in spring and fall, while warm-season grasses are most active in summer to early fall. Both kinds need to be mowed often while they’re growing vigorously—generally at least once a week. If you’re tired of spending your weekends behind a lawnmower, the idea of low-mow grass—also called no-mow or eco lawn grass—may sound like a great solution. And it can be, as long as you know what to expect.


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