St Augustine Grass Mowing Height


By Rick Orr 04/18/2020
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The Myth Busted

Many people believe a lawn just isn’t a lawn unless it is short – really really short, short like a golf course. But they don’t use St Augustine grass on golf courses for a very good reason - because if you mow St Augustine as short as the grass on a golf course, it will die

You see, St Augustine grass is not a sports turf – it is a decorative turf and it looks its best when it is  5” tall. So forget about the idea a lawn isn’t a lawn unless it is short and understand that a lawn is a lawn when it looks great and St Augustine looks its best when it is 5” tall.

A Tall Lawn is not a Hayfield

So instead of trying to make a St Augustine lawn look like the 13th green at Augusta, make it look like a great looking lawn by setting your mower to the highest setting.

St Augustine grass thrives at 5” tall making a beautiful lawn.  And not only does it looks great it needs less water, has fewer weeds and can overcome many environmental problems like drought, cold and poor soils when it is 5” tall.

So instead of mowing your lawn like you are preparing for a PGA tournament try mowing as high as the mower will go.

Just Raise the Mower...

You want the best looking lawn on the block, raise the mower

You want to use less water on your lawn, raise the mower

You want less weeds in your lawn, raise the mower

It’s that simple – just raise the mower!

Rick Orr Owner-Operator APL Pest Control/Creator of ILOVETURF.COM
APL Pest Control

Rick Orr is the creator of, Owner/Operator of APL Pest Control, and a graduate of VA Tech in Agronomy (Turf Ecology).  

Since 1980, Rick worked in the green industry, mostly with golf courses, resorts, and large communities. Rick worked as a Golf Course Superintendent of Fripp Island Resort, agronomist for Seaside, FL, and the spray tech for Vinoy Golf Course. Rick has been certified as an arborist, landscape and irrigation contractor, and adjunct professor for Environmental Horticulture (SPC) in Pinellas County.  

Home Pest Control came naturally. Entomology (bug science) was part of agronomy studies. Nearly every indoor pest problem starts outdoors. Crossing over to home pest control from lawn spraying was a natural process – the technology, methods, and materials used for home pest control are modifications of the ones used for lawn spraying. 

The result of that work is one of the top-rated pest control companies in Pinellas County – APL Pest Control. APL Pest Control is a family-owned business serving residential and commercial properties in Pinellas County, FL. 

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