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Some people just hate to get the lawn mower out. The general rule to follow is not to cut more than one third of the leaf surface off at once. By mowing the lawn once a week you will usually comply with this guideline. However, at times of peak growth you may need to cut every four or five days.

How High, How Short?
There is no one mowing height for all grasses. But each has its own optimal range. If they are routinely cut lower than that, they will not be as healthy and may begin to thin out and die. If your lawn is a mix-ture of grasses (most are), you will need to average out the height. It is better to cut some of it too tall than to scalp portions of your lawn.

The chances are that you cut your lawn too short. Here are some recommended heights.

Bahia 2-3 inches
Common Bermuda Grass 1-2 inches
Hybrid Bermuda Grass 1 inch
Centipede Grass 1 1/2-2 inches
Fine Fescues 1 1/2-2 1/2 inches
Tall Fescue 2 1/2-3 1/2 inches
Kentucky Bluegrass 2-2 1/2 inches
St. Augustine 1 1/2-2 1/2 inches
Zoysia 1-2 inches

Ranges are given because, frankly, experts do not agree on a best height. Begin with the above heights, then observe how your lawn is doing and adjust according to your lawn’s specific needs.

The mowing height should be increased by one-half inch for shady areas and immediately following a weakening of the lawn due to insect or disease injury or from high traffic.


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