What Height Should I Cut My Grass?

July 24, 2018


The Turfgrass Group

It’s a question we get asked often: What’s the ideal grass height when mowing?

The simple answer is to never cut more than one-third the length of your grass in one cutting. That’s an easy general rule to remember.

At the same time, though, the mowing length also depends on the type of grass. Cooler season grass, like Kentucky bluegrass or fescue, can range between an ideal height of one and four inches.

Warmer season turfs, such as Bermuda, St. Augustine and zoysia, are a little more complicated because their ideal heights can vary within the same grass. Zenith zoysia does best when cut to 1.5 inches, while Empire zoysia ideally stays between 1 to 3 inches.

So follow the one-third guideline we mentioned above, and you should be just fine. But if you have specific questions about your type of grass, we’re more than happy to help!