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
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Since 1995, Rick Orr has worked in Pinellas County providing turf management and pest control. Rick Orr is a graduate of VA Tech in Agronomy (Turf Ecology) and the creator of

Since graduating from VA Tech in 1979, Rick worked in the green industry, mostly with golf courses, resorts, and large communities. Rick has obtained certifications in arboriculture, landscape contractor, and irrigation contractor, and taught Environmental Horticulture at St Petersburg College. 

Currently, Rick is the owner and operator of APL Pest Control. APL Pest Control provides lawn care and pest control for all of Pinellas County.

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