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buckhtr77
10-25-2011, 06:40 PM
Curious what folks have to say about the grass height going into the winter. How short/tall would you like to have it going into the cold season? I'm in IL about 30 minutes from St. Louis. Thanks for the inputs.

JDiepstra
10-25-2011, 07:04 PM
2.5" for customers. Im gonna try 2" on mine and see what happens.

ralph02813
10-25-2011, 08:48 PM
I just brought everyone down to 2.5

93Chevy
10-25-2011, 08:58 PM
I lower down to 5" at Thanksgiving. Gotta ward off the snow mold.

corey4671
10-25-2011, 09:32 PM
Mowing most of mine this week at 4.75
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johnyredd99
10-25-2011, 09:46 PM
got most down to 2.75inches this week gonna work w/ the weather and prolong this hopefully till thanksgiving going to try and get them down to 2.5 or 2.25in. by then. my personal prop. cut today at 2.25

tyler_mott85
10-25-2011, 10:01 PM
3 inches year round for fescue. Not the setting on the mower, I actually measure blade tip to ground.

If I do a cleanup I'll cut about half inch lower to help pick debris up.

johnsonslawnmanagement
10-25-2011, 10:04 PM
7 pin hole on Walker in septemebr, 6 pin hole October-Janurary, 5 pin hole in Feburary just before pre-emergent. Y'all do the figuring in inches, My diagram wore off long ago, haah. We let it go into winter long and take off a little each month till pre-emergent time. Basically several tiny scalps as we are getting leaves anyway, to prevent one large scalp.
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DA Quality Lawn & YS
10-25-2011, 11:06 PM
I lower down to 5" at Thanksgiving. Gotta ward off the snow mold.

I am surprised no one caught this......jockularity ha:)

5"? Up here in the polar north, a 5" height after snow out equals a matted, molded mess.

I personally do 2.25-2.5 inches for my own lawn and my customers.

mtmower
10-26-2011, 12:08 AM
2 3/4" spring, 4" heat of the summer, back down to last cut 2.5"

JDiepstra
10-26-2011, 12:13 AM
I am surprised no one caught this......jockularity .

Oh i caught it. Hes just not nearly as funny or knowledgeable as he thinks he is. 16,000 posts...... Pfffffft.

buckhtr77
10-26-2011, 10:47 AM
Ok folks thanks for the inputs. Question is why cut down to those heights? Seems like between 2 and 3 inches is a pretty popular answer. I'm new to this and would like to make sure I have it right. Thanks again.

johnsonslawnmanagement
10-26-2011, 01:53 PM
Northerners cut grass shorter to prevent matting up of taller grass from snow( the shorter grass is the more vertical it grows.) Southerners cut higher late in the season to keep it green and lessen stress. Also helps to let it over winter high to keep it insulated from cold then scalp it short in te spring for good preemergent to ground contact and to remove old growth.
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buckhtr77
10-26-2011, 03:56 PM
Johnson,
Interesting read. Thanks. Anyone from IL area have any input?

Glenn Lawn Care
10-26-2011, 04:22 PM
I just brought everyone down to 2.5" last week and this week. Getting to start clean ups next week.

mowerbrad
10-26-2011, 05:02 PM
During the regular season I'll be mowing at at around 3"-3.25". Most of my properties are at 3" or less right now, they will all be brought down to 2.5" by the end of the season.

For my own lawn, I'm going to see how it does going down to 2.25".

weeze
10-26-2011, 05:23 PM
i cut all my yards at 2" all the time...doesn't matter what time of year...it doesn't make any difference....we cut ours at 1.5" at home....winter approaching or not.

a guy cuts our neighbors yard at about 2.5 - 3" regularly....ours looks alot better...so leaving it long doesn't help anything....at least down south.

we have the same type of grasses in both our yard and theirs.

SouthSide Cutter
10-26-2011, 06:13 PM
I always leave mine around 4-5 inches. But its fescue. When we had alot of hay fields you never wanted to cut them short before winter. You left everything long going into winter.
Man if you cut most yards here at 2" or 1.5" you would destroy the yard and have nothing but weeds.

93Chevy
10-26-2011, 07:05 PM
Oh i caught it. Hes just not nearly as funny or knowledgeable as he thinks he is. 16,000 posts...... Pfffffft.

Dang, now I'm gonna go kill myself.

weeze
10-26-2011, 11:07 PM
I always leave mine around 4-5 inches. But its fescue. When we had alot of hay fields you never wanted to cut them short before winter. You left everything long going into winter.
Man if you cut most yards here at 2" or 1.5" you would destroy the yard and have nothing but weeds.

yeah different grasses...most yards here do have weeds in them though...but when the grass is growing good it chokes the weeds out...the yards mostly have weeds in early spring (dandelions) and late fall(wild onions, clover)...during the summer the weeds go away for the most part.....you have to treat the yard to keep the weeds out all season which very few around here do...also they don't fertilize or anything much...only in the richest neighborhoods do they pay for that type of thing here.

jetta
10-27-2011, 09:00 AM
i do 2-2.5 depending on thickness lower less chance of mold

bradsander
10-28-2011, 01:22 AM
Well we finally got some rain here. Highs in the 70s. Looks like our mowing season is finally taking off. Mowing at normal summer heights