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How to Manage Pests

The UC Guide to Healthy Lawns

Examples

Example 1

Your lawn of fine fescue has reached 3 3/8 inches in height and you are ready to mow.

How much of the grass should you cut?

Illustration of a button 1 1/2 inches

Illustration of a button 1 1/8 inches

Illustration of a button 1 1/4 inches

 

 

 

Where should your mower blade be set?

Illustration of a button 1 5/8 inches

Illustration of a button 2 1/4 inches

Illustration of a button 2 1/8 inches

 

Example 2

You have been on an extended vacation and your lawn mixture of perennial ryegrass and Kentucky bluegrass has grown to 6 inches. Your recommended height is 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 inches.

How much should you cut?

Illustration of a button 4 inches

Illustration of a button 3 1/2 inches

Illustration of a button 2 inches

Example 3

You just cut your lawn of seeded bermudagrass to a height of 1 1/4 inches.

If you want to keep the grass at this height, when should it be cut again?

Illustration of a button When it reaches 1 7/8 inches

Illustration of a button When it reaches 2 inches

Illustration of a button When it reaches 2 1/4 inches


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