When choosing the best lawnmower height setting, the first thing you need to take into account is what type of grass you are growing.
||Set mower height to
|Mow at this height
|Annual ryegrass||1 1/2 to 2||2 1/4 to 3|
|Perennial ryegrass||1 1/2 to 2 1/2||2 1/4 to 3 3/4|
|Bahia grass||1 1/2 to 3||2 1/4 to 4 1/2|
|Bermuda grass, common||1 to 1 1/2||1 1/2 to 2 1/4|
|Bermuda grass, hybrid||1/2 to 1||3/4 to 1 1/2|
|Creeping Bentgrass||1/2 to 1||3/4 to 1 1/2|
|Hard fescue||1 1/2 to 2 1/2||2 1/4 to 3 3/4|
|Kentucky bluegrass||1 1/2 to 2 1/2||2 1/4 to 3 3/4|
|St. Augustine grass||1 to 2||1 1/2 to 3|
|Tall fescue||1 1/2 to 3||2 1/4 to 4 1/2|
|Zoysiagrass||1/2 to 1||3/4 to 1 1/2|
|Buffalo grass||1 to 2||1 1/2 to 3|
Grass species have a range of recommended mowing heights, and the chart above is only meant to be a guideline. Lawn experts recommend staying toward the upper end of the ranges given-especially during stressful conditions such as hot weather or drought, or if your lawn is growing in the shade. In cooler weather and under ideal conditions, you can afford to cut the grass a little lower. If you are unsure what type of grass species you have growing, cutting it at a height of 2 1/2 to 3 inches will work for the majority of grass varieties.
About The Author: Ellen Brown is an environmental writer and photographer and the owner of Sustainable Media, an environmental media company that specializes in helping businesses and organizations promote eco-friendly products and services. Contact her on the web at http://www.sustainable-media.com
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