Mower Heights for Different Seasons

Title: Mower Heights for Different Seasons
Date: September 1st
Presenter: Nigel Ruck

If you love mowing, the key to it all is a good mower and good mowing practice and that includes correct mowing height. The most common mistake made is mowing too low, sometimes scalping the lawn to within an inch of it’s life.

  • As a rough guide fine leaf grasses like couch and Zoysia can be mown lower than broader leaf buffalos and kikuyu. All varieties should be longer in late autumn and winter about double the length or height.
    This is easily done with the deck height adjustment lever on the side of the mower here.
  • The longer leaf enables better photosynthesis and helps reduce weed germination.
  • The best varieties for shade areas are shade tolerant, soft leaf buffalos but these need to be kept longer in shade for better photosynthesis. In the tropics, Broad Leaf Carpet Grass does well in shade too.
  • In dry periods, keeping your lawn on the longer side helps reduce stress and shades the soil below, reducing water loss through evaporation.
  • Keep your mower in good order with sharp blades and check the height before mowing