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Lawn Mowing 101: What You Need to Know


On the surface, it is a relatively straightforward affair, but let us dig or cut a bit deeper. We cultivate a wide range of grasses in Baton Rouge Louisiana, and there may be numerous other variations within each of those species. St. Augustine was the only grass I can remember growing up, and it is now one of the most popular grasses in our region. Bermuda, Hybrid Bermuda, Centipede, and Zoysia are furthermore available. There are up to 11 distinct cultivars of St. Augustine alone, each with unique traits. Let us keep things basic for now. Later, let’s discuss the more nerdy aspects of grass maintenance.

How high should your lawn be cut? You must first identify the sort of grass you have. If you don’t, call us, and we will help you figure it out.

The recommended mowing height for each variety of grass is listed below.

  • St. Augustine 3 12 – 4″ I usually advise going higher with St. Aug.
  • Bermuda -1.1″ Bermuda is more adaptable yet thrives at this altitude.
  • Bermuda hybrid 1-2″ Lower heights provide the best outcomes, but there are additional difficulties that we shall cover later.
  • Centipede 2-3″ Various people have various ideas, but it appears ideal to fall within this range.
  • Zoysia 1–2″ Although keeping Zoysia at this height is difficult, it is ideal.

How often should grass be cut?

The reply is that it depends. With everyone’s hectic schedules, it might be challenging to mow the lawn as often as is required. Here is a general guideline: Never remove more than a third of a leaf blade at once. This is when it becomes tricky. Let us use St. Augustine as an example; if we were to keep the grass there, it would measure around one inch or 3 1/2 “. Therefore, trimming the grass back after it has grown one inch is essential. Depending on the weather, once every 5 to 7 days.

Since a third of that height represents less growth for our grasses, which we want to keep at lower elevations, they often need more frequent cutting. The majority of us do not really have the time to keep these grasses at their ideal mowing height, and even if we had a professional mower, their schedule would not permit them to mow more often than once per week (and most people would not want to pay for additional trips).

Do your best to keep your grass at the right height, but anticipate that there will inevitably be some issues that need to be resolved. Contact an expert to obtain the finest benefits from the sort of grass you have.

Last, but not least, it is not a good idea to use a lawnmower during the prolonged periods of rain that we often have. During this period, the grass may get significantly higher, and we must remove more than a third of the blade. That is okay; the challenge includes this as well. However, if you trim the grass back too quickly or far, you may notice a lot of yellowing and a thinning out of the grass. This usually only takes one or two further mowings for lawns to recover. Elevate your mower as high as possible and make the initial cut for the most outstanding results. A day or two later, lower the mower further and gradually trim the grass back to the ideal height.

Maintain in mind to always maintain your razor sharp! The grass should be trimmed, not torn. Please contact us if you have any inquiries or want to arrange a consultation with a lawn care expert. We are more than pleased to assist, even if all you need is advice rather than assistance. We aim to be your go-to company for all your lawn and landscaping requirements, including irrigation systems, fertilizer, and lawn mowing.



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