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jsbmaine
03-08-2006, 06:55 PM
How high are you setting your mowers? Do you use the same height for all your lawns? getting ready for 1st season, and want to know how to set the mower. (48" bunton)

Jake's Lawn Service
03-08-2006, 06:57 PM
I cut anywhere from 2.5 to 3.5 inches depending on the lawn. Mostly 3.25 though

TURF DOCTOR
03-08-2006, 07:00 PM
Most in my area are 3 inches on some high end turf we cut 4 to 5 inches to give it the stripes.

Az Gardener
03-08-2006, 07:17 PM
5/8" to 3/4" here in PHX, tiffway 419

CC Lawncare
03-08-2006, 07:21 PM
TurfDoctor, Do you have any trouble with the grass staying too flat overtime when you do the 4" - 5" cuts?

hotpan
03-08-2006, 07:23 PM
i think where you are at is cool season grasses and it's 2-3 inches, from a lawn care guide that i have

TURF DOCTOR
03-08-2006, 07:24 PM
We stripe in different ways every time we cut we do this in heavy spring growth and on a select few customers

ECS
03-08-2006, 07:53 PM
Used to do all at 3". Last year went to 3.25" and was asked to go back to 3".

CC Lawncare
03-08-2006, 08:00 PM
Turf Doc,
We always alternate our pattern too but I have found most sites restrict me to only being able to run the stripe patterns. That results in the grass sometimes laying down and not ALL of the grass coming up for a clean & even cut. I think we aren't helping thinks out by mowing at about 6 mph also though. What speed are you typically mowing at?

PGA
03-08-2006, 08:01 PM
2 7/8 to 3 inches tall all the time.

In the fall I move down to 2 inches.

cwlawley
03-08-2006, 08:02 PM
I cut at 3" only. Tall fescue here mostly.

nmez21
03-08-2006, 08:14 PM
3.25 to 3.5 works pretty well on the bluegrasses here

Birdjr
03-08-2006, 08:18 PM
we usually cut at 3" or sometimes 3.25"

TURF DOCTOR
03-08-2006, 09:28 PM
We run at high top speeds most of the time,but in order to get a straight line we have to slow down to do this.

CutInEdge Lawn Care
03-08-2006, 11:37 PM
What do you do to scalp the lawn, bring in the bob-cat? J/K

Trinity Lawn Care, LLC
03-08-2006, 11:45 PM
We do most of our lawns at 3.5, but some are shorter.

lawnmaniac883
03-09-2006, 01:15 PM
Basically, there is no specific height to set your deck at to mow a lawn. The descision is entirely up to you and what you believe will result in the best looking turf. If you are just starting out then 1st lawn, set the deck a little heigher than what you believe it should be set at. Make on pass and lower the deck, another, lower the deck. Continue this until you reach the height that looks best. Also, you will want to alternate your mowing patterns from week to week to avoid rutting and stressing the turf. Instead of mowing side to side, go diagonally then up and down. Hope this helps.

Livingreen
03-09-2006, 01:22 PM
Up here, we start at 2.5 in spring and move to 3.5 and then back down to 2.3 in fall. Bluegrass and fescue. Has anyone noticed poor mulching performance from the higher deck heights? My JD w/b need to double cut to do perfection.

chriscraft
03-10-2006, 02:24 PM
michigan has all Bluegrass mostly ans in order to keep it alive you need3.5 -4.5 inches in summer or it will die, go dormant turn yellow. we have been in a bad drought for 5 years and its going to bad again this year . for healthy grren grass the rule is high high high.
if i cut any lawns at 3 inches or lower they would be yellow burn up and the customer would cancel

TLS
03-10-2006, 03:17 PM
How high are you setting your mowers? Do you use the same height for all your lawns? getting ready for 1st season, and want to know how to set the mower. (48" bunton)

I mow between 3.25"-3.5"

All lawns the same, except for one thats nothing but weeds. I scalp that at 2.75"

You want a nice 1/8" to 1/4" front rake to the deck.

Some commercials in Malvern are cut at 4"

jsbmaine
03-10-2006, 03:29 PM
I mow between 3.25"-3.5"

All lawns the same, except for one thats nothing but weeds. I scalp that at 2.75"

You want a nice 1/8" to 1/4" front rake to the deck.

Some commercials in Malvern are cut at 4"

Hey, thanks for the info. When you say front rake, do you mean the front is lower or higher?
Jeff

TLS
03-10-2006, 03:30 PM
Front of deck must be lower by 1/8" to 1/4" than the rear.

Measure blade to floor with blades like this | | |

CC Lawncare
03-10-2006, 03:33 PM
Do you guys measure your actual deck cutting height or do you just go by the Referance numbers that are on the machine? You would be amazed how far off those referance numbers can be from actual dimensions. Our dealer always sets our decks up to be exact so that we don;t frun into problems with running multiple mowers on a property.
Even with that setup done, you still have to watch out as the season goes on and your tires get worn. Something to consider if you weren't already aware of it. :)

TLS
03-10-2006, 03:37 PM
Always measure blade tip to garage floor. There is no other way.

However, Jeff has a 48" Bunton WB, so there is no reference #'s to be misled by.