Lawn Mowing in Missouri

In Spring on May 17, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Written by green-admin

Lawn mowing is an important part of lawn maintenance that serves an aesthetic purpose and plays a direct role in the overall health of the turf.  The height at which you mow your lawn can greatly affect the health of individual grass blades and cause extra stress if cut too short.  The following is a guide of appropriate mowing heights for grasses in Missouri.

A rule of thumb when mowing grass in Missouri is to cut no more than 1/3 of the blade in one session.  Cutting the grass blades too short will remove most of the nutrient-producing surface and leave the rest of the blade with not enough leaf tissue to adequately feed itself with photosynthesis.  This in turn causes the grass blade to use its energy to restore the leaf which weakens the roots.  Mowing the lawn at a longer height will result in stronger roots and healthier grass blades.  The chart below shows the appropriate mowing heights for the different grass types found in Missouri.

Grass Type Mowing Height (in.)
Kentucky Bluegrass 2.5-3.5
Bermuda 1.5-2.5
Tall Fescue 2.5-4.0
St. Augustine 2.5-4.0
Zoysia 0.75-2.5
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