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Leander, TX
reply to RULEofTHUMB

Re: Lawn needs serious resuscitation

I'm not going to try to find links for all of the grasses grown in warm climates. I'm sure you could do that if you are interested. However, in the interest of showing that there is no "rule of thumb" I will offer the following:

"Set the mowing height at 1 to 2 inches for Common bermudagrass and 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches for hybrid varieties."


St Augustine "Set the mowing height at 2 1/2 to 3 inches (3 to 3 1/2 inches in shady lawns)."


If you read through both of these publications you will see that the recommended mowing height does not change by season. The fall mowing recommendation for both grass types listed above is given as "Continue the recommended mowing practices until the grass goes dormant and does not require mowing."

I could keep going with other turf grass types grown here but I think this proves my point. You can't make an informed decision regarding mowing height without identifying the grass you are mowing.