Mowing Tips for a St. Augustine Lawn

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This article provides tips for mowing a St. Augustine lawn.
by Terry O'Leary · Zone 7B · 5° to 10° F to Zone 11 · Above 40° F · Lawn Care · 0 Comments · March 09, 2011 · 4,356 views

Tips for Mowing a St. Augsutine Lawn

  • Mow your St. Augustine lawn using a mower with a sharp blade. Dull blades whip and shred the grass ends rather than cutting the grass cleanly, causing your lawn to look yellowish the next day. Ragged grass blades also lead to more water use by the grass and possibly an increase in disease. So, it's a good idea to use the two-blade system. Keep one extra sharp blade around for a replacement every 8 to 12 cuttings.
  • Don't scalp the lawn too low. Remember each time you cut the grass you're stressing it out. Never cut more than one third of the grass blade off at a time. Maintain your St. Augustine lawn at about 3 inches height. Wait until it reaches 4 to 4.5 inches and then remove 1-1/2 inches. Use a ruler to measure the height of the grass. When it reaches desired mowing height, mow a test strip. Then measure the height in the test strip, adjusting the height of mower deck if necessary.
  • As long as you mow on a regular basis, leave the clippings since they are a natural way to feed your grass. Clippings also reduce the amount of water the grass needs to stay green and healthy looking. Research has shown that letting the clippings fall on the ground does not lead to disease or thatch problems.
  • Mow when grass is dry. Mowing long grass that's wet is a sure fire recipe for those dreaded clumps. And clumps can promote the onset of damaging fungus.
  • Avoid ruts and help your grass to stand straighter by mowing at a different angle across the lawn each mowing.
  • It puts less stress on the lawn to mow in the evening than to mow when the sun is pounding down in the afternoon.
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