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CP Estates
03-23-2006, 10:00 PM
What heights is everyone starting at for spring?:confused:

Splicer
03-23-2006, 10:02 PM
First cut today...2-1/2"...

Luvs2Play
03-23-2006, 10:11 PM
What heights is everyone starting at for spring?:confused:
I can't resist this one, sorry.

I'm starting at 5'9", like to grow to 5'10" so I can look the wife in the eye!

As far as the grass, we'll start at 2 1/2". Hoping we get some rain. Now we're melting 23" of snow we got Saturday - Monday.

Runner
03-23-2006, 10:28 PM
LOL! Now THJERE'S the right answer! Actually, some people start real low - actually about scalping the lawn (if it was prepped right in the fall, it is ok. Later in the spring though, you want to go as high as you can and still handle the growth. Spring is a crucial time for root growth. It is a simple rule of thumb...the longer the leaf, the deeper the root is able to grow.

TURF DOCTOR
03-23-2006, 10:30 PM
In our grasses never below 3 inches.

Insometry
03-23-2006, 11:07 PM
Im with the turf doctor.

Dixie Rob
03-24-2006, 06:36 AM
I mowed mine last week at 3.5". All turf type fescue. Didn't want to scalp and then freeze.

skagman2006
03-24-2006, 08:03 AM
Spicer, I cant believe you cut yesterday.I'm in West Chester area and it's way too soft here from the couple inches of snow from monday.Good Luck/be safe!

befnme
03-24-2006, 08:34 AM
2 " to get the early green up

Splicer
03-24-2006, 08:55 AM
Spicer, I cant believe you cut yesterday.I'm in West Chester area and it's way too soft here from the couple inches of snow from monday.Good Luck/be safe!
This is the earliest I have ever mowed in my life but with the warm winter the yard actually needed it. After I cut I core aerated also.:usflag:

Insometry
03-24-2006, 09:02 AM
Can you explain the reasoning behind 2" to get the green up early?

NickN
03-24-2006, 09:04 AM
1 1/4 inch.










Ok,so my lawns are bermuda...........

Sunshine Lawn Co
03-24-2006, 10:45 AM
We cut @ 3" until the heavy growing season. Then it's 3 1/2.

chriscraft
03-24-2006, 11:57 AM
Our 1st cuts are generally 3-3.25 inches we cant cut shorter than that because its bluegrass sod and cant be cut less than that. We maintain msot of them 4" over the season or they will burn up

befnme
03-24-2006, 02:35 PM
Can you explain the reasoning behind 2" to get the green up early?

i have found that if i cut early at 2" i get an earlier green up than those not cut at all .

chriscraft
03-24-2006, 02:54 PM
actually i was told by a horticulturist that by cutting the gras shorter it stimulates the lawn to grow but im my norhtern area im sure it does because its terriblu wet ove the winter and the lawn is supersaturated (too much water) and need to dry out, shorter cutting allows ofr better suface evapopration and cobine htis with aerating the air and evaporation gives a crazy boost. we usually cut those lawns 2 weeks earlier than others and continue 2 weeks later( adds 4 extra weeks of cutting to our schedule

stroker51
03-24-2006, 09:03 PM
Isometry, where in Kansas are you located at? I am gonna go cut some tomorrow, probably at about 3", just to knock the dead off the top, although some of the lawns here actually need to be cut. I am open to suggestions on this topic though, i am always tryin to decide when to start and how low to go, once we get rollin i cut between 3.5 and 4 for a real nice stripe and to shade out the weeds, allow a healthier plant.