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View Poll Results: best height for final cuts
As short as possible 7 9.72%
2" 11 15.28%
2.5" 32 44.44%
3" 18 25.00%
As high as possible 2 2.78%
Doesn't matter. 2 2.78%
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Old 10-27-2001, 12:37 PM
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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.
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Old 10-27-2001, 01:43 PM
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1/4 to 1/2" shorter for me. Which is 1 3/4" to 2 1/4". Everybody is a golfer!
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Old 10-27-2001, 05:55 PM
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well for me I cut it as short as posible sometimes 1 1/2 to avoid snow mold
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Old 10-27-2001, 09:09 PM
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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!!!

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Old 10-27-2001, 09:35 PM
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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".
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Old 10-28-2001, 12:21 AM
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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.

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Old 10-28-2001, 12:22 AM
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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.
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Old 10-28-2001, 12:52 AM
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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.
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Old 11-24-2001, 10:21 PM
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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.
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Old 11-24-2001, 11:54 PM
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I'd say about 2-2.5 inches oughtta be good.
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