Unit 4: Turfgrass Cultural Practices

Within this unit there are 5 lessons to be completed. After completing each lesson, you have the choice to click on the link on the bottom of the page or on the top menu to proceed to the next lesson.

Lesson 1: Mowing


Cultural practices incorporate all of the methods that can be applied to sustain healthy turfgrass. Proper use of cultural practices promotes overall health of turfgrass so plants can better withstand pest pressure and environmental stresses. Mowing is a primary cultural practice that maintains turfgrass top growth within specified limits and is essential for the functionality of a recreational surface.


Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • State why mowing is important to keep turfgrass healthy
  • Compare intended mowing heights for turfgrasses
  • Calculate mowing height based on the 1/3rd rule
  • Understand influences on mowing frequency
  • Identify the different equipment used for mowing turfgrass areas


Turgeon, A. J. (2007). Turfgrass Management. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Simon & Schuster.

Puhalla, J., Krans, J., Goatley, M. (1999). Sports Fields. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.