Aug 14 2019

Recommended Lawn Mowing Heights by Season

How you mow your lawn, especially the height, is very important in maintaining the health of your precious turfgrasses. Depending on grass type and season, mowing height must be slightly different across different seasons.

Let's go over two factors that determine the height to ensure your lawn stay healthy all-year rounder.

Your Lawn Type

Based on temperature, there are several types of grasses out there — cold season and warm-season grasses. Examples of cool-climate grass species are Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, and fine fescue, to mention a few while warmer climate grasses include zoysiagrass, Bahiagrass, carpetgrass and bermudagrass.

Furthermore, cool-season turfgrasses grow at an optimal temperature of 15.5 to 24°C (60 and 75°F) while warm-season turf grasses record a peak temperature of 27 to 35°C (80 and 95°F).

The Season

And the last factor you must consider is the time of the year (season). Spring, summer, fall and even winter require different mowing length. The slight difference in height may seem trivial but creates much difference in keeping your tuft resistant to disease, weed, pest and other adverse weather conditions.

Recommended Mowing Height in Spring

For warm-climate grasses like carpetgrass and bermudagrass, it's best keeping the height at not less than 1/2 but can be extended up to 1.5 inches. Cool-season grasses require 3 or more inches. Keeping your lawn at the perfect height will get rid of winter-burned strands as well as prepare your turf for a new season.

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Mowing Height in Summer

Your cold season's grass can be kept at the height of 3 to 3.5 inches while 2 to 2.5 inches is perfect for warm-climate grasses. However, you can maintain a height of up to 4 inches for certain cool-season grasses such as perennial ryegrass.

Did you notice the slight difference in summer height compared to that of spring? Keeping the height high in summer prevents crabgrass and other pesky weeds as well as protect the lawn soil and root from intense heat.

Best Height for Fall

Keep your warm-climate grasses at 1.5 to 2 inches in fall and mow your cool-season grass at 2.5 inches especially before winter's first frost.

Keeping winter in mind, too low mowing makes your lawn susceptible to extreme cold conditions which can damage the grass strands as well as cause diseases when matted.

Finally, your lawn care routine should incorporate mowing height according to different seasons. We hope this guide will help during your next mowing exercise.

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