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01-24-2001, 10:41 AM
I know that you should cut the grass higher during the warmer months, but what about the rest of the year? Should I be cutting the lawn shorter towards the end of the year? Your input will be greatly appreciated.

01-24-2001, 09:08 PM
Here is what we came up with recently in the commercial lawn care forum.


Hope this helps.

01-26-2001, 12:13 AM
I myself cut at 3" all through the season.

01-26-2001, 07:44 PM
3 inch is what I cut at year round.

02-04-2001, 10:52 PM
I always cut real low first cut .Better
done before grass starts to green.
This causes a better early green and I
believe stimulates grass.

02-06-2001, 02:09 AM
3.25" year round.

Eric ELM
02-06-2001, 12:38 PM
The northern grass should never be cut shorter than 3" during the summmer months, but in the spring and fall, you can bring it down to 2" to 2.5". I always do it this way. In the dry months I might bring it up to 3.5 to 4". By cutting it shorter in the fall, you help eliminate winter kill up north from snow.

02-06-2001, 02:12 PM
Ditto on Eric's reply

02-09-2001, 02:15 AM
I'd be concerned with cutting short in the spring. When you cut short early you allow more sunlight to be absorbed by germinating weeds, especially crabgrass. This stimulates the crabgrass and can make control of it tougher. By cutting the grass at your normal height, you help keep the grass ahead of the undesirable weeds.

02-09-2001, 05:08 PM
2-3 inches depending on time of the year and ground conditions.

02-10-2001, 11:43 AM
What kind of grass? I cut fescue long (2-1/2"-3"), but on a couple TifGreen (dwarf) Bermuda lawns I use a reel mower & cut it less than an inch (like a putting green). Some people with St Augustine want it short, too.

swing blade
03-03-2001, 08:55 PM
I cut my own lawn at 3". If you scalp the ground, or cut the grass too short, you run the risk of killing it. and if you let it get too long, you can't cut it because it will not fit outof the deck.

03-04-2001, 08:31 AM
you younguns just have to larn the hard way.
2 inch fist cut .up to over 4inches in hot dry.
I try to make my first cut just before it
comes out of dormancy.Exception would be feb -
march drought.Then no cut.
Now parkay you confused yet lol

Kansas Turf Man
03-05-2001, 02:22 AM
Taller the better any time of year. Check out this site It will answer your question.

Good Luck.

03-08-2001, 01:10 PM
it depends on how well the grass takes a short cutting and how often you can get to a yard. some of my yards can go to 2 inches in the spring and still be super green, others have to stay at 3inches, fertilizer and water plays a part in this. if the yard doesn't get them obviously it can't take a shorter cutting.
i agree with the other guys on 3.5 inches in the summer it suits all my yards the same about, some can stay green at 3 and i keep them there. the shorter they are the more they look like a carpet. oh yea shade is a big part to i forgot that up above.