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Old 04-23-2014, 11:45 AM
Fawcett Fawcett is offline
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What height to cut in New England?

Hi guys, I've got a rookie question that I've got to ask.

I live just outside of Boston, MA and I would like to ask what height you all cut your lawns at during the Spring, Summer and Fall?

I've got a customer who sends lots and lots of business my way, however he always asks for his lawns to be cut long. Like about 3.5-4 inches long, year round.

I cut all my other lawns shorter but before I get into that I would like to know what you all think of the 3.5-4 inch cut height, its benefits and its drawbacks.

My other lawns have all done well, his lawns are usually the worst on my list.

I have attempted to convince him to let me cut as the season dictates but it falls onto deaf ears. I'm in his sandbox and I've got to go by his rules. I could really use some helpful advice in this area as well.

Thank you so much!
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Old 04-23-2014, 11:48 AM
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What kind of grass?
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Old 04-23-2014, 11:49 AM
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Kentucky Blue and Fescue mostly
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Old 04-23-2014, 02:35 PM
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We cut ours at 4 to 4 1/2 and it is mostly the same type of grass.
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Old 04-23-2014, 03:24 PM
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We cut at 4" most of the year. Starting in September, we start to work it down, 1/4" or 1/2" lower each cut. So by the end of the season we make the final cut at 2.5".
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Old 04-23-2014, 09:55 PM
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3.5 inches.
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Old 04-24-2014, 09:24 AM
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Thanks guys, we've been cutting at 3' during early spring then move to 3.25 & 3.5 wh
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Old 04-24-2014, 09:27 AM
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Thanks guys, we've been cutting at 3' during early spring then move to 3.25 & 3.5 while temps increase. Near the end of June we go up to 3.75' and cut only where necessary during August. We bring the height down gradually as the fall sets in and leave a final cut at 3' for the winter.
Does this sound wrong to you all or normal?
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Old 04-24-2014, 09:40 AM
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I have some customers that insist on cutting it short. I do my best to talk them out of cutting it short. Long grass will build a deeper root structure and help it survive the hot dry part of summer and help snuff out weeds. I try to cut them all between 3-4". In the fall I start cutting them shorter with a final cut around 2" for the winter. This prevents snow mold developing and leaving ugly brown spots in the spring.
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