Jun 24 , 2020

How to Get Rid of Weeds in Your Lawn

Prevent Weeds with Ideal Mowing Height Ranges

  • Mow your grass when it needs it; one-third above the ideal cutting height.
    •  Pro Tip: If you don’t know your grass type, take a plug of turf to a garden center and ask the staff to help with the identification.

Cool Climate Grasses

  • Bent grass: 1/4- to 3/4-in.
  • Chewing hard or red fescue:  1-1/2 to 2-1/2-in.
  • Tall fescue: 1-1/2 to 3-in.
  • Kentucky bluegrass: 1-1/2 to 3-in.
  • Perennial ryegrass: 1-1/2 to 3-in.

Warm Climate Grasses

  • Bahia grass: 2- to 3-in.
  • Bermuda grass: 1/2- to 1-in.
  • Blue grama grass: 2- to 3-in.
  • Buffalo grass: 2- to 3-in.
  • Carpetgrass: 1- to 2-in.
  • Centipedegrass: 1- to 2-in.
  • St. Augustinegrass: 1- to 3-in.
  • Zoysia grass: 1/2- to 1-in.
The Family HandymanMowing the Lawn to the Right Height The Family Handyman Senior Editor, Travis Larson, will show you how to determine what height is optimal for cutting your grass. Each type of grass has a recommended cutting height. Learn more about how to grow greener grass.

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