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Ground Control Lawn Care
03-16-2009, 05:21 PM
How do you guys know at what height to cut the yards?
For instance, new customer that you have never cut their yard before, how do you decide?

billslawn89
03-16-2009, 06:31 PM
depends on the type of grass, here in the south, st. augustine is cut at around 4 to 5 inches. find out what type of grass you will be cutting and do some research.

Ground Control Lawn Care
03-16-2009, 06:33 PM
do you cut different height depending on the type grass? (sod, centiped, etc.)

billslawn89
03-16-2009, 06:42 PM
sure, bermuda grass is cut short at 1 to 2 inches or maybe shorter. bahia grass is at 3.5 to 4 inches. you have to know what type of grass it is to determine the cutting height

ElliottsLawn&LandscapeInc
03-16-2009, 08:54 PM
sure, bermuda grass is cut short at 1 to 2 inches or maybe shorter. bahia grass is at 3.5 to 4 inches. you have to know what type of grass it is to determine the cutting height

Not to single you out, but grass here in FL should be cut as followed:

St. Augustine 3-4 inches
Bahia 1-2 inches
Bermuda .5-1.5 inches

its really not healthy for st. augustine to be cut at 5 inches, makes it way too spongy and prone to disease. And bahia cut any higher than 2.5-3 inches just looks tacky.

billslawn89
03-16-2009, 09:52 PM
Not to single you out, but grass here in FL should be cut as followed:

St. Augustine 3-4 inches
Bahia 1-2 inches
Bermuda .5-1.5 inches

its really not healthy for st. augustine to be cut at 5 inches, makes it way too spongy and prone to disease. And bahia cut any higher than 2.5-3 inches just looks tacky.

i can not see cutting bahia grass at 1 to 2 inches in the summer time. there is no way, grows too fast and if you cut that much off, the lawn will look like crap!, unless you are a mow and blow kinda of guy. 3 inches for st augustine is too low, also will not look good. i had clients that i started maintaining that cut theirs that low and looked terrible, and thin. i raised the cutting height to 4, apply some fert and the clients couldn't believe how the lawn looked! the neighbors even comments how good it looked. anyways, good luck too ya! :drinkup:

tattooedturf
03-16-2009, 10:15 PM
: QUOTE=Ground Control Lawn Care;2857244]do you cut different height depending on the type grass? (sod, centiped, etc.)[/QUOTE]
Where are you in N.C? don't really matter what the customer thinks, it depends on the type of turf. Around here it's fescue and you mow it at 3 1/2 to 4 inches. And by the way "sod" isn't a type of turf:laugh:

tyler_mott85
03-16-2009, 11:28 PM
Of course there are the "ideal" cutting heights for grass. But these are for "ideal" conditions including watering, fertilization and making sure you're not cutting more than the recommended 1/3 length of the blade off.

I know that I mow weekly or bi-weekly, not by how much growth is on the grass blade.

We typically mow our lawns on a 3.5" setting. Which is actually lower when you take a stick to it, due to uneven ground and what not. Everything here is Fescue or Bermuda. With a bit of Zoysia or Bluegrass mixed in. If the lawn is pure bermuda we will go as low as 2.5".
When the growing season is in full swing we may raise the cut .25" to help in productivity.
Typically commercial properties get cut shorter. I think it makes them look cleaner throughout the week and shorter grass doesn't attract litter as bad.
I don't like a huge variance in my cutting heights and cutting too much off just makes a big mess so we will never mow lower than 2" around here. If you want lower, hire someone else.
Good luck.

Ground Control Lawn Care
03-17-2009, 04:54 PM
i am near pinehurst, nc

ElliottsLawn&LandscapeInc
03-17-2009, 04:57 PM
i can not see cutting bahia grass at 1 to 2 inches in the summer time. there is no way, grows too fast and if you cut that much off, the lawn will look like crap!, unless you are a mow and blow kinda of guy. 3 inches for st augustine is too low, also will not look good. i had clients that i started maintaining that cut theirs that low and looked terrible, and thin. i raised the cutting height to 4, apply some fert and the clients couldn't believe how the lawn looked! the neighbors even comments how good it looked. anyways, good luck too ya! :drinkup:

It's only alot of grass the first time you cut it that low on bahia. After that it slows down and concentrates growth down at the roots. I'll admit the first 2 or 3 times you cut bahia that low it will look yellowish, but after that the lawn will fill in and be green as can be and cut very easily. And I usually cut my st. augustine 4 inches in the summer and 3.5 in the winter. 3-4 inches is what the state reccommends when you take your lawn and ornamental test. and def. not a mow and blow kind of guy.... :nono:

billslawn89
03-17-2009, 05:46 PM
It's only alot of grass the first time you cut it that low on bahia. After that it slows down and concentrates growth down at the roots. I'll admit the first 2 or 3 times you cut bahia that low it will look yellowish, but after that the lawn will fill in and be green as can be and cut very easily. And I usually cut my st. augustine 4 inches in the summer and 3.5 in the winter. 3-4 inches is what the state reccommends when you take your lawn and ornamental test. and def. not a mow and blow kind of guy.... :nono:

what does your lawn and ornamental test say about cutting bahia grass. i would never cut it that low! :hammerhead: it will thin out or become a weed patch with weeds growing. na! you can cut it that low, not me. sure, the state says this and that about the cutting height, but i'm in business to please the client! good luck too ya!

ElliottsLawn&LandscapeInc
03-17-2009, 05:57 PM
what does your lawn and ornamental test say about cutting bahia grass. i would never cut it that low! :hammerhead: it will thin out or become a weed patch with weeds growing. na! you can cut it that low, not me. sure, the state says this and that about the cutting height, but i'm in business to please the client! good luck too ya!

Well, personally, I think bahia looks horrible when it gets high. It looks unmanicured and unfinished. If you cut it at 3-4 inches in the summer, one weeks growth will make it ATLEAST 6-8 inches tall. When I cut it at 2 inches, it rarely gets 4 inches or taller, just with a few seedtops here and there. That way, majority of the week, the grass looks fresh and manicured.

Greg78
03-17-2009, 05:58 PM
depends on the type of grass, here in the south, st. augustine is cut at around 4 to 5 inches. find out what type of grass you will be cutting and do some research.

I tried cutting some at 4" to 5" and the customers about flipped. I had to lower it to 3" to 3.5" depending on the lawn and time of the year.

I agree about bahia grass probably wouldn't look good cut any shorter than 3".

keller's
03-17-2009, 06:21 PM
Whatever makes the customer happy!!!!!!!!

topsites
03-18-2009, 03:38 AM
The height I cut my grass depends on the average outdoor temperature, as follows:

Below 80 degrees: 3"
80+ degrees: 3.25"
85+ degrees: 3.5"
90+ degrees: 3.75"+
The Wb's won't let me cut much over 3.75, it doesn't do a good job, but the Ztr does.

Doing this allows me to let it go longer between cuts, which keeps the grass green,
in addition the extra height also helps keep it from burning up.

The hotter and dryer it gets, the higher I go.
The highest I've cut grass is 5.875"

But...
I always start and end the season back down to my standard 3" cut height.

Alpha Property
03-18-2009, 09:11 AM
yea, i pritty much run a 3.25 cut hight on everything, now both my main mowers are fixed decks.... so i'm not sure how thats going to work out for everyone.... i'm thinkin i need annother 52ish inch ZTR just to have some quick hight adjustment....

lsu03
03-23-2009, 07:47 PM
everyone around here cuts st augustine (main type by far) at like 2 1/4 or around there...that's what i cut at exactly....i have come to think it does better that short