MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — With all the rain we’ve had this spring, lawns have never looked better.

And when we get a dry day or two, it’s usually time to mow.

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No matter when you mow your lawn or how you mow it, the goal in most cases is to just get the job done, especially during a spring when the grass is growing like a Chia Pet.

But is there such a thing as mowing too much and cutting too short?

Maggie Reiter is with the University of Minnesota Extension Service.

She spent a lot of time on golf courses growing up, but not for the golf. She’s a turf grass expert, so she knows just how low your mower can go.

“The University of Minnesota Extension recommends about 3 inches as a mowing height for a home lawn,” Reiter said.

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Reiter said the average homeowner cuts their lawn too short, down to about 2 1/2 inches.

But she said the longer your grass grows, the better.

“More leaf tissue can capture more sunlight for photosynthesis and this promotes deeper rooting,” Reiter said. “And this fosters a healthier turf grass plant that can withstand our environmental stresses.”

And instead of bagging your grass, Reiter recommends leaving your grass clippings right where they are. It’s like a free lawn treatment filled with nitrogen and phosphorous.

“If you leave your grass clippings on your lawn for an entire summer, that’s the equivalent of a fertilizer treatment,” she said. “It saves a homeowner time and money as well as reduce their overall environmental footprint.”

Reiter said you should only cut about 1/3 of the grass blade at a time.

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So if your lawn is at 4 inches, bring it down to 3 when you mow.