How to cut overgrown grass

Any landowner knows just how quickly lawns can get out of control. Sometimes even a few rainy days can make the grass grow right before your eyes. After the grass reaches a certain height, a simple lawn mower won’t be the right tool for the job anymore. Whether you have to deal with tall grass due to your own or someone else’s accidental oversight or have come into possession of a previously abandoned land, you will need special techniques to deal with overgrown grass.

What tools to use

Depending on the density of the grass and the type of vegetation growing, you will need to use different tools. If it’s just tall grass then a line trimmer should be enough. However, if you also need to cut down a lot of weeds and shrubs, a brush cutter will do a better job.

Line trimmers are handheld machines that are useful for cutting tall grass and for trimming lawns in places that are hard to reach for a regular lawnmower. They use a sharp trimming line to do the cutting. Brush cutters look and work in a similar fashion, but they are fitted with a metal blade instead. This makes them able to cut through plants thicker than just grass but they are slightly more difficult to use. Even the best brush cutter has a steep learning curve and you need to use specific techniques to operate it safely. To find out more about different models of these machines, visit the Handyman’s Garage website.

Choose the right time

For the best results, you need to cut overgrown grass in good weather conditions. Avoid rainy and high-humidity days. Depending on the length of the grass, you will probably need to cut the grass in a few sessions during one month.

Make the cuts

The first cut you make should get rid of about 50% of your grass length. Do not cut the grass all the way at one go. Cutting too much of the length can cause your grass to die completely due to shock and sudden lack of nutrients. Wait a few days, at least two, to let the grass recover.

With the second cut, you can shorten your grass to around 6 inches. Again, after you have done that, let the grass recover. You can even water your lawn to speed up the recovery process.

If you have a lawnmower that can cut through grass that is 6 inches tall, feel free to use it. If you aren’t sure then use a line trimmer or a brush cutter to shorten your grass by around 1/3. Since both line trimmers and brush cutters are handheld machines, you will not be able to get a precise even cut with them. That’s why you need to finish the job off with a lawnmower. It is recommended to wait at least a whole week to let the grass rest before going at it with a lawnmower. Again, try not to cut more than 1/3 at a time. If needed, start with your lawnmower at the highest setting and after a few days cut your grass again to your desired height using shorter settings.