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Mow Your Lawn Higher or Lower For the Last Cut?

November 22, 2017

I get this “last mowing of the year” question around this time.   Some folks say:  “Take it down lower.”  Others say:  “Leave it long.”

My answer:  Continue mowing your grass until it stops growing at the recommended mowing height that you have been using all season.   Different kinds of grass types like different mowing heights, so here are some guidelines for how tall your grass should be after you mow.  The higher end of the range is good during the hot summer months.  The lower end of the range is good for spring and fall.  So for example, if you have been mowing 3 inches or taller, you could drop your mower a notch, however do not scalp your lawn for the final mowing of the year.

·         2-1/2 to 4 inches for Bluegrass, Ryegrass and Fescue

·         2 to 4 inches for St. Augustinegrass and Bahiagrass

·         1 to 3 inches for Centipedegrass

·         1/2 to 2 inches for Bermudagrass

·         3 /4 to 2 inches for Zoysia

And one more thing, if you have only fed your Bluegrass, Ryegrass or Fescue lawn once this fall, you still have a chance to really boost your lawn’s root system with a feeding of Scotts Turf Builder WinterGuard Fall Lawn Food this month.


Do not mow your lawn too short for your last cut of the year.

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