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St Augustine Grass Mowing Height

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 use less water on your lawn, raise mower

You want less weeds in your lawn, raise the mower

It’s that simple – just raise the mower!

Article by Rick Orr
APL Lawn Spraying Inc.

Rick Orr is the creator of, an Agronomist and the Owner/Operator of APL Lawn Spraying. Rick is a graduate from VA Tech in Agronomy (Turf Ecology). He has been a Golf Course Superintendent, Certified Arborist, Landscape Contractor, Irrigation Contractor and Adjunct Professor for Environmental Horticulture.

Rick is an expert at growing St Augustine turf. Since 1995, Rick has spent his time researching, developing and testing the best management practices for St Augustine turf grown in Pinellas County.

The results of that work is a one of the top rated lawn spray companies in Pinellas County – APL Lawn Spraying. APL Lawn Spraying is a family owned business serving residential and commercial properties in Pinellas County, FL.

APL Lawn Spraying provides lawn spraying to commercial properties, HOA’s and single family homes. To request a free quote for your property, click here: Free Advice or Price Quote

Speaking Engagments - Does it seem like you are only hearing one side of water restrictions, fertilizer bans, plant restrictions and many other urban landscape hot topics? Rick Orr is available for speaking engagements for your HOA, Community or Professional Association or Garden Club about a variety of subjects. Call or email for more information.

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