Guide to Grass Cutting Heights

All types of grasses benefit from high quality soil. Use an organic lawn fertilizer to improve the quality of your soil long term.

You can use this page as a guide for choosing a cutting height for your grass. If you click on the grass name, it leads to a detailed page about that type of grass.



Kentucky Bluegrass: mow at 1 1/2″ to 2 1/2″

Rye grass: mow at 1 1/2″ to 2 1/2″

Fescue: mow at 1 1/2″ to 2 1/2″

Tall Fescue: mow at 1 1/2″ to 3″

Bermuda: mow at 1/2″ to 1″



St. Augustine: mow at 1″ to 3″

Bentgrass: mow at 1/4″ to 3/4″

Centipede grass: mow at 1″ to 2″

Zoysia: mow at 1/2″ to 1″

Buffalo grass: mow at 2 to 3 inches, or leave it completely unmowed

The Better Lawn and Turf Institute also offers a guide to cutting height.

Need a mower? Visit Clean Air Gardening for environmentally friendly lawn and garden tools and supplies.

Another reel mower page.



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