What is the Proper Height to Cut Grass?

Not that grass is high maintenance like a drama queen, but it is a bit finicky. Grass needs certain things to happen to make it thrive. First the homeowner, that is you, needs to actually care about the turf. Caring what your property looks like will go a long way in making your lawn stand out from the mediocre ones in your neighborhood. A key thing to ask yourself is, “what is the proper height to cut grass”. Now we are learning something.


Does the Grass Type Matter?

It would seem logical that all grass would just need a simple mowing. Height, regularity, and other factors do matter however. Not all grasses are created equal. I know from years of dealing with this stuff! Some types of grass are easier to manage than others. It is like having kids. Some children are easy to deal with while others require a bit more attention to discipline. Knowing the differences in grass types can go a long way.


What Is the Proper Height to Cut Grass…In My Yard?

This question is linked to you knowing what your grass type is of course. If you do not know, then just google up some images to compare your lawn to or take a look below. Easy enough right? Most grasses are easy to identify. They all have their own characteristics. We will have a look at the different types of grasses and the proper mowing height. This way you will know just how to mow it from now on.

Fescue Grass

Fescue Grass

One of the most popular types of grasses is Fescue. This grass should not be cut lower than 3 inches. I usually cut my fescue at 3.25 or 3.5 inches, depending on the thickness. Any lower can stunt the growth, especially in dry weather

Centipede Grass

Centipede Grass

Centipede should be mowed at about the same height as Bermuda, 1 to 2.5 inches. This is a tough grass that does very well if properly cared for. It will not cause as many problems as Bermuda if you get behind on mowing. But you still want to stay on schedule with it.

Zoysia Grass

Zoysia Grass One of my favorite grass types is Zoysia. This grass should be mowed at 1 to 3 inches. This turf will basically take care of itself as long as you mow correctly and fertilize a bit. This turf is expensive to install, but cheap to maintain. It is opposite Fescue in this manner.

Bermuda Grass

Bermuda Grass

Another grass type that is commonly used is Bermuda. This type needs a bit closer mowing than the previously mentioned Fescue. Bermuda needs to be cut shorter. I would say to keep this turf at 1 to 2.5 inches.


A Little Note on Bermuda Grass

One inch will be hard to get to with a rotary mower so that is best left for reel mowers. If you get behind on mowing, you may have to cut higher in order to not leave clumps of grass. Then go back and cut soon thereafter at a better height.


These are just a few grass types to be aware of when setting your grass mowing height. I chose the most popular ones. I will likely add a chart for more grass types along with the proper cutting heights to give you a complete overview of what is the proper height to cut grass for all your types of lawn grass.

Happy Mowing!


  1. Reply
    Joann June 28, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    I live in mi 49024. How do I know what type of grass I have..

    • Reply
      Bill Martin July 3, 2016 at 9:52 am

      Hi Joann, You could try to compare yours with the images above. If you are still unsure, I suggest you cut some of your grass and visit the nearest garden center. Any gardening professional should be able to tell you what type of grass it is. Good luck!

  2. Reply
    Ron July 31, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    I live in Florida and i have Floratam grass, i cut my grass between 3 3/4 to 4 inches high. If it is cut any shorter it will burn. I have a Snapper self propelled, max cut is 4 1/4 high. Looking for a riding mower that will cut at least 4 1/2 inches. all the mowers that i see cut no higher than 4 inches. If a mower has a 4 inch cut add the weight around 400lbs plus my weight 180lbs now the cut is around 3 1/4 to 3 /12 inches. Could you suggest a riding mower. I have a small yard do not need a big mower. Thanks Ron

  3. Reply
    Joseph August 17, 2016 at 12:53 am

    What is the correct height of cut for St. Augustine ??

    • Reply
      Bill Martin September 2, 2016 at 10:28 am

      Joseph, I recommend to cut it on a weekly schedule, using a mowing height of 3 to 3.5 inches.

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