It’s Time to Scalp Your Bermuda and Zoysia Lawns

By April 4, 2018Lawn Maintenance

The temperatures are warming up and the robins are dancing on your brown lawn. It’s time to wake up that tired grass by giving it a trim.


However, don’t start your mower yet. You can scalp bermudagrass, but you can kill your zoysiagrass if you scalp it down.


After reading this blog post, you’ll understand why you can scalp Bermudagrass, but not zoysia grass. You’ll also learn some mowing techniques that will benefit your GA lawn during the 2018 growing season.


To Scalp or Not to Scalp Your Lawn


To scalp your Bermudagrass, you need to set your lawn mower to its lowest setting. As you set your mower, make sure it’s on a flat surface, and all four wheels are level.


For zoysiagrass, set your mower on a flat surface and lower the blades to take off 1”. At this setting, you can safely remove the brown grass.


After the first mow, you can reset your mower up to 3” to only take the top third off your Bermuda- or zoysiagrass lawn. Cutting your grass at a higher setting for the rest of the season allows your Alpharetta lawn to grow densely.


A dense turf crowds out weeds.


Read about the two keys to a healthy lawn in this blog post.


The Difference between Bermuda- and Zoysiagrasses


Unless you’re a turfgrass expert, you’re probably wondering why you can’t scalp both of your warm season grasses.


Bermudagrass stems get tough when it reaches the 2” mark—making it more difficult for your mower to cut it.


Since you need to train Bermudagrass, you want to start off the season with a very low mow. Once it’s scalped, you want to cut it regularly with a reel or rotary mower down to 1 ½”.



Don’t let your zoysiagrass grow beyond 3”. When it reaches 4”, you’re in danger of cutting off stems, leaving your lawn looking dull.


Ideally, you should only take 2” off the top each time you mow your zoysia lawn.


Also, it’s essential to keep your thatch level down. Zoysia is a slow-growing grass that tends to get too much thatch unless it’s mowed on a regular basis.


Do you want to protect your trees and shrubs from scale? Learn more about horticultural oil and how it protects your woody plants.


4 Mowing Tips to Keep Your Warm Season Lawn Healthy


Believe it or not, how you mow your warm season grass affects the health and look of your GA lawn.


To save you the hassle of a messy or weedy lawn, here are four mowing techniques to keep in mind:


  1. Keep your mower blades sharp: You want to give your yard a good, clean cut. Dull blades lead to ragged cuts that leave your turfgrass opened to diseases.


  1. Avoid mowing in the morning: Mowing in the late afternoon or early evening is best because there is no moisture left on your lawns. You don’t want to wait until after dark because dew will be forming on your lawn.


  1. Mow in different directions: To keep your lawn evenly cut and to create a lovely pattern on your lawn, mow in different directions. If you cut your grass in the same direction, the grass plants will bend to one side. And this can lead to fungal diseases.


  1. After the first mow, raise your blades higher: So, for the first mow, it’s 1” for zoysia and scalping for Bermudagrass. After the first mow, it’s time to raise your mower height to 2” for zoysia and 3” for Bermuda.


Taking Care of Your Lawn


There’s more to lawn care than proper mowing techniques. You also need a lawn care company that will aerate, fertilize and overseed your lawn.


If you want a beautiful, nearly weed-free lawn, then you need Agropro to take care of your lawn maintenance throughout the year. Their technicians will give your yard the nutrition, weed control, and other lawn practices that give you a green, thick lawn.


If you’re ready to have a beautiful lawn this summer, call Agropro at 678-445-9990 or fill out their contact form.