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A properly mowed lawn not only looks great, it also becomes thicker and is more resistant to disease, weeds and unwanted pests. Mowing heights vary with different turfgrass varieties. It is very important to know what variety that you have and cut accordingly. The rule of thumb for mowing is to mow often enough that you cut off no more than a third of the grass at any one time. For example, if your mower is set at 2 inches, mow before the grass gets above 3 inches tall, so you are only cutting off 1 inch or a third of the total height. This will ensure that the grass isn’t shocked too much by mowing. It also minimizes the potential for scalping and if you mow often enough, the clippings don’t need to be caught under normal circumstances.

See the following chart for recommendations:

Turf grass Variety Mowing Height Mowing Frequency Mower Type
EMPIRE/ Meyer Zoysia ¾ to 1 ½ inches 5 to 10 days Rotary or Reel
Zorro Zoysia ½ to 1 ½ inches 5 to 10 days Rotary or Reel *
Diamond Zoysia ¼ to ¾ inch 5 to 10 days Reel
419 Bermuda ¾ to 1 ½ inches 5 to 10 days Rotary or Reel
Tifgrand Bermuda ½ to 1 ½ inches 3 to 5 days Rotary or Reel
Palmetto St. Augustine 1 ½ to 2 inches 5 to 10 days Rotary or Reel
Centipede 1 – 2 inches 5 to 10 days Rotary

*Reel mowers provide a superior quality cut. It is very important to keep your lawn mower blades sharp. A sharp blade produces a cleaner cut and results in less stress on the grass. It also decreases the likelihood of disease because a dull blade will tear and rip the grass making it more vulnerable to disease. Avoid mowing when your lawn when it is wet. In addition to jamming your mower blades and clogging the discharge chute, it will also leave clumps of grass on the lawn. Grass collecting on the blades also results in tearing the grass similar to a dull blade.

Common Mistakes:

1) Allowing the grass to get to tall from improper setting of mower height or fear of scalping the yard because the land is not smooth enough to cut at the proper height.

2) Infrequent mowing resulting in cutting off more than a third of the grass at one time.