Mowing heights

Knowing the correct mowing heights for turf can make a difference between a yellow lawn and a green lawn. The basic rule of mowing is not to remove more than one third of the blade at any one time. By mowing more frequently, you can take less off the blade each time, and this will make your grass greener.  Bermuda every 7 days and Centipede and Zoysia every 7-14 days. Also, different types of grasses will have different mowing height requirements. Here’s a mowing height cheat sheet:

  • Sodded Bermuda grass: 1 to 1.5 inches
  • Centipede grass: 1.5 to 2 inches
  • Zoysia grass: 1 to 1.5 inches
  • St Augustine grass 3-3.5 inches

More Best Mowing Practices

  1. Make sure your blades are level
  2. Make sure the air pressure is the same in all of the mower tires
  3. Make sure the blades are sharp.  If the blades are dull they will tear the blades of grass and the foliage will look discolored.
  4. Spray the natural areas and beds with Roundup so that weeds will not creep into the turf
  5. Do not water before your mow the lawn.  This will make a mess!
  6. Contact a professional if you need help with mowing
  7. Let a lawn application dry before mowing the lawn.
  8. Always be on the lookout for disease

mowing heights


We recommend mowing most southern turf grass every 7 days as low as possible without scalping your lawn.  Some lawns are very uneven and will not be able to be cut at recommended mowing heights until they are top dressed and leveled.   Bermuda lawn in particular need to be cut as low as possible to provide a dense healthy turf.  St Augustine on the other hand, is better managed at a higher mowing height.  If we can help you with any of your lawn care needs please contact us.