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Mowing Your Lawn The Right Way

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Wednesday, 23 March , 2016
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When it comes to mowing your lawn, a little off the top is the best way to go. Scalping your lawn – a common mistake made at the start of most seasons – can actually trigger a domino effect of stressors for your grass from which it may not recover.


How High Should I Mow My Lawn?

Shearing your lawn to its scalp robs it of the ability to absorb sunshine through its leaves (photosynthesis) – essentially putting your lawn into shock. A good general rule to remember is to never cut more than one-third from the grass blades.

Because ideal heights for grass vary from type to type, this chart should give you an idea of where to start. To properly set your blade height, place your mower on a flat surface and measure from the ground to the blade.


Zoysia 0.5” – 1.5”
Centipede 1.5”- 2.5”
Bermuda 0.5” – 1.5”
Ryegrass 1.5”- 2.5”
St. Augustine 2” – 4”
Bahia grass 2” – 3”
Buffalograss 2” – 3”


More Tips for Getting the Most From Your Mowing

  • During warmer months, you should be mowing at least once per week – twice per week if possible so that your lawn will look even lusher.
  • If you go for longer than a week between mowings, it’s a good idea to adjust your blade height so that you don’t cut more than one-third of the grass length. You may also want to mow again just a few days later so that your lawn is brought down to its ideal height.
  • Make sure your grass is dry before cutting, and that you mow in differing patterns so that you can avoid created ruts and compressing the soil underneath.
  • Never fill your mower’s tank on the lawn itself because gasoline can kill the soil it soaks.
  • Shady areas in your lawn will grow better if you raise your blade just a bit more.


Call the Experts

Knowing what type of grass you have is crucial since not all grasses are the same, and thus have different requirements for proper care. If you’re unsure about what type of grass you have for your lawn, we can help you out. Simply bring a sample into the Juniper officers, and we’ll help you out.

If you have any other questions about your lawn, we’d love to help. Contact us at Juniper Landscape Company today at (619) 334-9464.


Juniper Landscape Company is a provider of professional landscaping services in San Diego, we strive to make San Diego a beautiful place by doing business with integrity and creativity.


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