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Old 08-09-2010, 05:21 PM
tsheehan7 tsheehan7 is offline
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Reel Mower Cut the Bermuda Too Short

Classic Rookie Mistake -I've been using a 25" Trimmer Reel Mower all summer and loving the cut. Satruday I sold the Trimmer for several reasons and borrowed a 10 blade McLane. It seemed that with the McLane, one setting was too high (barely cut any grass) an the next setting down was a little too low. What resulted was a cut that was probably a little to short. I've been cutting the grass down to about 1.25" inches and this probably took it down to 7/8" of an inch.

I won't say it's scalped, but it's definitely too short and too brown. These 95 degree days aren't helping it either. What can I do besides water to help it bounce back?
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Old 08-09-2010, 06:16 PM
mdlwn1 mdlwn1 is offline
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Are you sure you didnt go from a 7 blade to a 10 blade?
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Old 08-09-2010, 08:33 PM
Maxify55 Maxify55 is offline
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Lots of water and lots of "N". Bermuda loves both and should jump back in 24-48 hrs.
Unless it's a newly seeded lawn. Then all bets are off the table.
Good roots with lots of iron and you've got a bulletproof (and almost a newbie proof) lawn.
Got some down here that even 20% glyphos. barely phases.
Tough as nails and not easily killed.
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Old 08-10-2010, 10:35 AM
tsheehan7 tsheehan7 is offline
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Originally Posted by mdlwn1 View Post
Are you sure you didnt go from a 7 blade to a 10 blade?
Actually, I did. Does that have something to do with it?
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Old 08-11-2010, 08:20 AM
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chaser2587 chaser2587 is offline
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1.25" with a reel mower???

Your cutting bermuda way too high for a reel mower!!! A 10 blade reel mower is for cutting even shorter than a 7 blade reel. And if a McLane has a 3/8" cut height difference between settings then I would definitely give it back to the person you borrowed it from and go get something else.
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Old 08-12-2010, 12:40 AM
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Heck i mowed my bermuda down to the lowest setting on my locke which is 1/2" and it was nothing but a big ass brown patch. Laid some 24-0-15 to it at 3lbs of nitrogen per thousand and watered it for 20 mins on sprays and 1 hour on rotaries and in two days it was Back and ready to be cut now it needs cutting almost daily! Nitrogen will make it jump super fast. For green looks i like to use granulated iron!
Jonathan Sheehan,
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"Making Thomasville and surrounding areas more beautiful one yard at a time!"
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