The mowing of the infield and outfield grass should be completed based on the grass mowing heights.  A rule of thumb is mow no more than one-third of the blade of grass at any given time.  Mowing the grass more than on-third at a time can result in discoloration or scalping of the turf or cutting the turf too low.  The following chart provides suggested mowing heights of common types of infield and outfield grasses.



Healthy lawns depend on many factors including adequate water for cell enlargement and evaporative cooling, sunlight and carbon dioxide for energy production, and oxygen for respiration.  Lawn growth also depends on nutrients or essential elements absorbed by roots from the soil.  When natural soil processes do not provide adequate supplies of these essential elements, fertilizer can be applied to maintain optimum turfgrass growth.  The purpose of fertilizing a lawn is to add the necessary nutrients in the required amounts and at the proper time to achieve desirable lawn qualities and healthy turf grass plants.  CLICK the Purdue University Turfgrass Program icon for more turf tips.

Fertilizer Basics