MOWING PRACTICES

Mowing is the most universal cultural practice for home lawns. Mowing involves periodically cutting off the upper portion of grass leaves. By doing so, a formal, tidy, very pleasing carpet-like appearance is created.
Other beneficial aspects of mowing include:

  • Mowing encourages the lateral growth of grass plants for a more dense grass stand.
  • Mowing suppresses numerous potential weedy plants that cannot tolerate regular mowing.
Mowing Height

Each grass species has a recommended cutting height. The following table shows the recommended cutting height for each of the major lawn grasses.

Kentucky Bluegrass 2.5 - 3.0 
Tall Fescue 2.0 - 3.0
Zoysiagrass 1.0 - 1.5

When setting the cutting height on a lawn mower, be sure that the mowing deck will cut evenly front to back and side to side. Check the mower on a hard and level surface such as a driveway. Measure the height of cut from the blade to the pavement. Also check the height of the cut grass after mowing to confirm the mower is set properly. In some situations the cutting height may not correspond to the setting on the driveway because the wheels can sink into the lawn and lower the height of cut. Check the pressure of inflatable mower tires as this may also have an effect on cutting height.