How to Cut St. Augustine Grass

Overview

St. Augustine grass offers a plush green carpet for play and, if cared for properly, is a dense lawn that will keep out weeds. If you are thinking of growing the grass, make sure you are in a location where the climate is appropriate. St. Augustine is mainly grown in warmer climates, such as the southern and southwestern United States. St. Augustine grass has a height range from which to choose, depending on how much time you have to spend on your lawn.

Step 1

Decide on the length of your St. Augustine grass. You can mow this grass at varying lengths from 1 1/2 inches up to 3 inches. Base your decision on length on the amount of time you want to spend taking care of the lawn. Cut grass 3 inches high every two weeks; cut 2 1/2 inch length every week to 10 days; and mow a lawn 2 inches or less every five days.

Step 2

Adjust the blade height of the mower to the length you have decided on. If you have a mostly shady lawn, choose 3 inches.

Step 3

Cut grass 1 inch higher in the fall. Raise the blade on the mower to adjust for this. Mow less often in the fall, as the grass grows more slowly.

Things You'll Need

  • Mower

References

  • Texas Cooperative Extension: St. Augustine Grass
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