View Full Version : Best height for final cut of the season.

10-26-2001, 06:35 PM
We have allways cut at 2" but many customers say leave it long for the winter.

10-26-2001, 06:48 PM
here in Iowa i cut 3-3 1/2" for final cut.

10-26-2001, 07:34 PM
I mow last cut at the same height as we mow for the year.
If they get leaf removal they could get as low as 2.25".


10-26-2001, 07:56 PM
Up here in Wisconsin I usually cut the final cutting the same height that i have been cutting at all season long, which is 3inches. Though if a customer wants the lawn cut shorter i usually cut it down to 2.5 inches. I asked my uncle about cutting heights at the end of the year. He's a horticulture professor at the University of Illinois. He says that a 1/2 inch doesnt make a difference in cutting it at the end of the year to prevent snow mold. It may help the grass but its a very small amount. Just dont go overboard and cut it way below what you have been cutting at all season long. Thats what he told me.

I say we all move down south for the winter :D

10-26-2001, 08:19 PM
I make the finals at 2". The Ky Blue and fescue mix here looks good at low settings when there is no danger of burning it out. All my lawns look really good now.
During the year they are at 3 to 3.5".

Green Care
10-26-2001, 08:26 PM
Here it,s 2 to 2 1/2.

10-26-2001, 09:31 PM
I mow 3 to 3 1/2" during summer and lower to 2 1/2 in the fall. Mostly just to chop leaves and cleanup yards. Double blades and mowing inward the entire yard gives one nice clean result.

10-26-2001, 10:25 PM
most 2.5, few at 3

10-27-2001, 01:56 AM
I would say as a rule of thumb. Whatever you are cutting at during the normal season, take it down by a spacer and you should be set.

10-27-2001, 02:26 AM
Does it make a differnece what height it is cut depeding on where you are from?

10-27-2001, 01:37 PM
You might check out www.agry.purdue.edu go to turf tips, they say cutiing shorter is a no no, stay at the same height for the last cut.

10-27-2001, 02:43 PM
1/4 to 1/2" shorter for me. Which is 1 3/4" to 2 1/4". Everybody is a golfer!

10-27-2001, 06:55 PM
well for me I cut it as short as posible sometimes 1 1/2 to avoid snow mold

10-27-2001, 10:09 PM
I wont cut it at 1.5" like A Cut Above - our properties wouldnt take a cut that low, but I take them down to 2" whenever the terrain permits. Otherwise we are limited to 2.5" as a final cut.

LB82 is on the right track with the spacer idea. I lower the heights by a spacer per week until we have reached the final cutting height.

I have even seen some of the larger LCOs send out crews the last two weeks of their cutting season with 21" units as a final cutting machine. If I thought that I could get clients to go for it I would hire out 5 or 6 guys from Labor Ready and have at it -LOL!!!


10-27-2001, 10:35 PM
Originally posted by kutnkru

I have even seen some of the larger LCOs send out crews the last two weeks of their cutting season with 21" units as a final cutting machine.

Why? Because they can cut short without scalping? This is why we use 21's more in the spring & fall when everything is cut at 2".

10-28-2001, 01:21 AM
I would think that it could be attributed to two factors. the first being as you mentioned that they can cut shorter this way and not do nearly as much damage as with the larger deck mowers.

Secondly I would also think that they are able to get a better overall clean-up of the turf areas because the 21s have the best vacuum.

I also think that it gives a better starting ground for the spring clean-ups. If you are able to minimize the amount of turf we have to contend with in the early spring, this will make a better job of power-raking and more thorough aerations.

This is just my own observations but how I see it as being to our own advantages if we can make it cost effective to clients.


Quail Creek LC
10-28-2001, 01:22 AM
3-3/12, I leave mine as long as possible in the fall. Then when I come back in the spring to do clean-up, I drop the deck down to 2 1/2 and bag everything up. I can guaranty that this lawn will be one of the best looking lawns around if you try this. It will really give your lawn a good start in the spring.

10-28-2001, 01:52 AM
The reason that you can cut lower in the fall is because of 2 things. #1- the turfgrass plants are growing like \/ as opposed to like || that is #1. #2 is that at this time of the year you can cut lower because of environmental factors such as moisture levels, temperatures, daylight hours, and other such things.

11-24-2001, 11:21 PM
Maybe i missed something but wouldn't it be different for different kinds of grass. tall fescue i normaly cut at 3in would do around 3 and a half.

Robert Doubrava
11-25-2001, 12:54 AM
I'd say about 2-2.5 inches oughtta be good.