How to Figure Out Proper Mowing Height for Your Yard


Mower height is an often overlooked factor when trying to determine the cause of issues that can come up with the health of your lawn. Depending on a variety of factors such as the season, the type of grass, or the specific growing conditions of your yard, different mower heights will yield better results. By taking note of these various factors and conditions and making the needed adjustments to your mower’s height, your lawn will be looking better than ever!

How to Figure Out Proper Mowing Height for Your Yard

Before getting into the more nitty-gritty of mower height determining factors, according to, a good rule to follow is to try to keep your lawn’s grass at a height of around 2 1/2″. It is recommended that you try to cut off no more than the top 1/3 of the grass blade at any time so adjusting your mower height accordingly to follow these guidelines will typically yield favorable results.

Type of Grass:
Different types of grass will require different mower heights to yield the best results. According to depending on grass type, the mower height can vary by as much as 3 inches; From an optimal mower height of 1/2″ for a Zoysia grass, to over 3″ to 4″ for a St. Augustine grass! Reference the table below for more specific mowing height measurements for common grass varieties:

Grass Type Mowing Height
Bahia grass 2” – 3”
Bentgrass ¼” – ¾”
Bermuda ½” – 1½”
Buffalograss 2” – 3”
Centipede 1½” – 2½”
Fine fescue 1½” – 2½”
Kentucky Bluegrass 1½” – 2½”
Ryegrass 1½” – 2½”
St. Augustine 2” – 4”
Tall fescue 2” – 3”
Zoysia ½” – 1½”

The Seasons as a Determining Factor of Mower Height:
Depending on the time of year different grass varieties will require different mower heights and also more or less frequent mowings to yield optimal yard health. Typically during the spring, grass will grow at a much faster rate and will require more frequent mowings. Allow your lawn to grow to the taller end of the scale during the summer, during a drought, or when it is in the shade.

Warm Season grasses will require a lower mower height in the Spring in order to provide optimal health. Conversely, Cold Season grasses do best when cut at as high of a mower height as you can get away with.

Taking note of the above factors and conditions, and then adjusting your mower height accordingly will result in a more healthy and better looking lawn than ever. Keeping your lawn looking good will make not only your property look better, but your neighborhood as a whole will benefit from the improvement!