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tajn84
05-17-2012, 12:51 AM
Is there a schedule that you guys follow to determine when to raise the blades and to what height you should be cutting?
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doyles
05-17-2012, 06:57 AM
cut short in the spring and fall 2.75 to 3
and cut higher in the summer 3.5 to 4

32vld
05-17-2012, 08:36 AM
Cut 3.5" all spring-fall.

Weeds need to be choked out all season.
Full height conserves watering all season.
Thick healthy lawn is not harder to clean up in the fall.

If you train the grass to grow one height for optimim results why change the cut height during the season?

Smallaxe
05-17-2012, 09:43 AM
Springtime cutting short is good to warm the soil and it looks better... we are already in Summer heat and dry for the next 10 days so I'll skip mowing this week on unirrigated lawns and start the long cut next week, so at least it looks nice for MD weekend...

Exact Rototilling
05-17-2012, 12:05 PM
Cool season grasses do sooooo much better cut long 3.5” to 4.0” even longer. The problem is a healthy thick stand of cool season grass cut tall keeps the roots cool, uses less water, less fertilizer, more photosynthesis and deeper roots thus more health and best of all it grows faster in my experience even in hot weather since the roots and crowns stay nice and cool. :)

Then the client complains you just cut it...a day or 2 ago...it needs to mowed again....what wrong with your mower...it looks shaggy already....can you mow it lower next time...? :hammerhead:

So then it gets mowed down nice and short less than 2.5” in the summer heat. Then the next thing you know the sprinklers are set to come on 3 times a day most every day in the summer, grass is loosing it’s color. They are cranking out more Scott’s and forcing top growth and over watering thus producing more TRUE thatch. Necrotic Spot Ring pops up, lawn starts loosing it’s battle with weeds........Stuff like that.

In the early Spring in dry weather I will do a low mow below 2.5” maybe 2.0” and bag. I am not a fan of scalp mowing in the Fall. Scalp mowing early Spring for cool season if dry enough and a scalp mow before an over-seed.

I’m still trying to figure out how to diplomatically educate clients on proper lawn care practices. :dizzy:

Puddle of Oil
05-17-2012, 06:46 PM
Anything lower then 2.5 is "stupid short" or aka "Homeowner Short". I cut between 3-4", 2.5" is minimum.

Patriot Services
05-17-2012, 07:10 PM
Anything lower then 2.5 is "stupid short" or aka "Homeowner Short". I cut between 3-4", 2.5" is minimum.

Unless it's a warm season/hybrid meant to be cut short, Such as certain cultivars of Bermuda, Zoysia and Centipede.:usflag:

Puddle of Oil
05-17-2012, 07:27 PM
Yeah true. ^^^

Smallaxe
05-18-2012, 06:05 AM
Even though cool season grasses may be cut low in the Fall I continued cutting it long as we went into Winter... Fortunately it was long because w/out snow cover and dessicating winds and a dry period in Mar/Apr, it may have been stressed had it been cut short...
Our grasses never browned this Spring...

Darryl G
05-18-2012, 08:50 AM
If it's yellow when you cut it it's too short. If it's all laying over and matted it's too long.

My lawns are usually cut in the 2.5 to 4 inch range. I don't really have a set schedule for them...I just go with what looks and feels right for the particular lawn at the time of year. My first couple of cuts are on the short side then they go up to their "standard" height. As it dries out and heats up (Mid July through Mid August typically) I keep them as tall as I can. In the fall they get cut shorter, largely to facilitate cleanup and allows any leaves that fall after my last visit to more easily blow off the lawn. The lawns that I cut the shortest are the crappy ones...crappy lawns look like hell when cut long.

ralph02813
05-18-2012, 12:53 PM
If it's yellow when you cut it it's too short. If it's all laying over and matted it's too long.

My lawns are usually cut in the 2.5 to 4 inch range. I don't really have a set schedule for them...I just go with what looks and feels right for the particular lawn at the time of year. My first couple of cuts are on the short side then they go up to their "standard" height. As it dries out and heats up (Mid July through Mid August typically) I keep them as tall as I can. In the fall they get cut shorter, largely to facilitate cleanup and allows any leaves that fall after my last visit to more easily blow off the lawn. The lawns that I cut the shortest are the crappy ones...crappy lawns look like hell when cut long.

I pretty much do the same, I try to keep everyone the same, but I do make a note at the height for almost every cut -

tajn84
05-19-2012, 01:16 PM
thanks for eveyones input I usually cut short in the spring and taller in the hotter months and then shorter in the fall for clean ups.

kyia
05-19-2012, 02:15 PM
same here. The first couple of mows of the year are shoot. 2.25 is the shortest i go. the as it everything gets going go to the normal height. for me that is a yard to yard thing. i cut any where from 3-3.75 got one yard that 4. I am only running 40 yards so i jsut keep track in my head.