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Old 08-01-2012, 08:38 AM
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In my backyard last year I seeded some common bermuda to see how well it would do while I had fescue in the front. Last year I mowed at about 2" and this year after the winter rye died I've been mowing the section of bermuda at 1" with my rotary mower and mowing every 4th day. I mowed again yesterday @ 1" and I can say that the bermuda looks more dense and also green with just rain water (no irrigation and not dragging hoses). My dad has seeded bermuda but he mows his above 2" because he thinks its going to die in the hot sun and his is more weed prone(a lot of crabgrass has started coming up in the last month). I keep telling him to drop the deck lower.
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Old 08-01-2012, 08:39 AM
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OMG!!! LMAO!!!

You guys who say 2" tall bermuda cut with a rotary looks just as good as a bermuda lawn cut at 3/4" with a reel are crazy! You guys must be seeing something different than everyone else and I have the proof on my own lawn...

Here is mine in '09 cut around 2" with a rotary...


Here it is in 2012 cut at 1/2" with a reel...
What is the cutting width of your reel? I think you have a tru cut if I'm thinking right.
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Old 08-01-2012, 09:51 AM
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OMG!!! LMAO!!!

You guys who say 2" tall bermuda cut with a rotary looks just as good as a bermuda lawn cut at 3/4" with a reel are crazy! You guys must be seeing something different than everyone else and I have the proof on my own lawn...
Not to nitpick, chaser, but I think you cherry-picked your photos to show your favored position in a better light. Your 2" shot clearly had not been mowed recently before the picture (no clippings on the driveway), but the 3/4" shot HAD been mowed right before the picture (clippings still on the driveway). If you had shown us pictures of both right after they had been cut, there would have been very little difference (save for striping).

Check out this picture of a golf course that I consulted for a few years back. Bermudagrass in the rough was cut at 3" that morning and the same cultivar on the tee was cut at 0.375" that same morning. No difference in quality at all.
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Old 08-01-2012, 09:58 AM
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Mowing frequency has a lot to do with it. The average homeowner on a 5-7 mowing schedule will have a more attractive lawn at higher cutting heights. If they want to mow every 1-3 days they can maintain it a lot shorter.
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Old 08-01-2012, 10:09 AM
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I use a rotary on my 419 and mow every 3-4 days so far this year and there is just no way at the shorter heights esp (1.0 and shorter) that a reel can be beaten for the sharp crisp look. Mine looks as good as it can using a rotary however the reel is not a practical solution so I make do.

Given perfect management the 419 with a rotary can get close to reel quality but no cigar as they say..
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Old 08-01-2012, 06:28 PM
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Not to nitpick, chaser, but I think you cherry-picked your photos to show your favored position in a better light. Your 2" shot clearly had not been mowed recently before the picture (no clippings on the driveway), but the 3/4" shot HAD been mowed right before the picture (clippings still on the driveway). If you had shown us pictures of both right after they had been cut, there would have been very little difference (save for striping).

Check out this picture of a golf course that I consulted for a few years back. Bermudagrass in the rough was cut at 3" that morning and the same cultivar on the tee was cut at 0.375" that same morning. No difference in quality at all.
Oh lord...Not even worth a reply.
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Old 08-01-2012, 06:37 PM
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Heck, I've seen stripes in centipede maintained at 2" with a rotatary mower. Whats the fascination with stripes?
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Old 08-01-2012, 06:48 PM
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What is the cutting width of your reel? I think you have a tru cut if I'm thinking right.
I do have a Tru Cut and it is a 20"
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:12 PM
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Heck, I've seen stripes in centipede maintained at 2" with a rotatary mower. Whats the fascination with stripes?
I don't really care either way...but in some cases they look good.
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Old 08-01-2012, 09:12 PM
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Burp.

Can not compare Centiped to Burmuda. Rotory to Reel.
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