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Proper Mowing Heights for St. Augustine and Bermuda Grass

What Height Should You Mow Your Central Texas Grass?

It’s summer and it seems to be getting hotter every day, right?

Central Texas is burning up!  If you’re properly watering and caring for your grass, it’s likely growing pretty fast.  But it’s important to remember that your mowing heights need to be changed during the heat of the summer, depending on what type of grass is on your lawn.

With that in mind, let’s go over proper mowing for two different types of grasses you might have.

Mowing St. Augustine Grass

If you’ve chosen St. Augustine grass as your lawn-type, we can’t say that we blame you.  This medium-maintenance grass is not only attractive but also good at protecting itself when its nutrient-rich cuttings are mowed out onto itself.

In the summer, you need to cut St. Augustine down to two to three inches in height.

  • Use a lawn mower that utilizes adjustable height and allows you to easily identify what height you have it set on
  • Leave the clippings on the grass after mowing, provided they are not accumulating to more than 1/2 inch

Once summer wraps up, just let your St. Augustine grass go dormant.  Mow again in March, but not too much, just the very top brown blades to allow more sun into your lawn. In the spring and fall,  keep the lawn height at two and a half inches.

Your mileage may vary but in these summer months, you could be mowing about once a week to keep things in the proper zone with your St. Augustine grass.

Mowing Bermuda Grass

For those with Bermuda grass, check out some of our pro advice on mowing it the summer.

  • The best height to keep your Bermuda grass is between two and two-and-a-half inches
  • This height is attained over time; one inch in height is best in spring, with gradually raising the grass height leading up to the hotter weather
  • Mow Bermuda once every 5 to 7 days, which protects your lawn from disease and thatch build-up

Wrapping Up

Well, there you have it!  If you’d like to have a professional technician come over and analyze the health of your lawn for a free, 8 point assessment, get in touch with us at 512.990.2199 or online.

For further reading, check out our list of Emerald Lawns blogs and also this article on St. Augustine mowing.

If you’re on Facebook and love greenery, swing by our official Emerald Lawns Facebook page.  We update it frequently with exciting images and lawn care advice.

For more about summer lawn care in Austin, San Antonio and Temple, check out this informational (and hilarious) spot about watering.

By | 2018-06-19T10:36:34+00:00 July 1st, 2013|grass, mowing, Summer|3 Comments