California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Landscape Waste Prevention

Mowing Heights for Common California Turfgrasses

Grass Type Mower Setting
(inches)
Mow when grass is:
(inches)
Bentgrass 1/2 - 1 3/4 - 1 1/2
Bermuda grass (common) 1 - 1 1/2 1 1/2 - 2 1/4
Bermuda grass (hybrid) 1/2 - 1 3/4 - 1 1/2
Kentucky Bluegrass 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 2 1/4 - 3 3/4
Kikuyugrass 1 - 1 1/2 1 1/2 - 2 1/4
Perennial Ryegrass 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 2 1/4 - 3 3/4
St. Augustine 1 - 2 1 1/2 - 3
Tall Fescue 1 1/2 - 3 2 1/4 - 4 1/2
Zoysia 1/2 - 1 1/2 3/4 - 2 1/4

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Last updated: May 13, 2011
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