Cut bermuda too brown

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by khutch, Aug 13, 2005.

  1. khutch

    khutch LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've got only about 6 bermuda accounts, I also handle the fert side, and the rain is leaching em like crazy. 2 of em I get every 5 days, cut at 2". The other 4 once a week, cut at 2.5" mostly because of the extra growth. Seems the extra 2 days of growing makes a huge difference in clippings. With the rain the growth is too much to mulch very well. Also it seems to get it to 2.5 cuts so much leaf they half green/brown. Would rather not cut any higher than 2.5"
    How do you guys handle bermuda when it grows 2 to 3 inches in a week and you are left with brown stems after cutting?
     
  2. grassmanvt

    grassmanvt LawnSite Senior Member
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    I don't cut much (or any) bermuda but generally cut at 3 or 3.5, If mowing often with lots of water and properly fert, 2 might be ok but otherswise you are probably taking way too much off, remember the one third rule is a good one to try and follow.
     
  3. Master Po

    Master Po LawnSite Member
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    Our beach house on the OBX has a sodded bermuda lawn that we have cut at 1.5-2 inches every five days. The reason for this twice a week cut is simply so it will not turn brown after it is cut. Around here I cut the bermuda at 2 inches. It turns a little brown at first, but greens up after about two days. I should add that we have a irrigation system.
     
  4. khutch

    khutch LawnSite Senior Member
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    What about clippings? It seems I am cutting twice or bagging.....
     
  5. grassmanvt

    grassmanvt LawnSite Senior Member
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    Then you are taking off more than you probably should.
     
  6. mccloud1

    mccloud1 LawnSite Member
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    khutch,
    If your customers won't allow you to do a weekly cutting or the preferred every three to four days, then don't worry about it. With the amount of rain we have had this season and the rate it is growing, without cutting it every 3 to 4 days your going to take more than what is recommended off it and it will turn brown. That won't last but a few days, then it will green back up. I explain this to my customers and let them make the choice, either I do it like it's recommended, weekly or every two weeks, ultimately it their choice in what they can afford or how often they want to pay. My weekly customers lawn/s don't brown as much as those who only want it done every two weeks.
     
  7. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    In Vermont you're not cutting any Bermuda. www.bermudagrass.com has a map of the growing range. The map is a little off because we get a lot of Bermuda here on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay here in Maryland. There is a lot of info on Bermuda on this site, check it out.
     
  8. grassmanvt

    grassmanvt LawnSite Senior Member
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    I know I'm not, thats why I wrote that I don't cut any, so I don't know much (ok,anything) about it. But, it sounded like a very simple case of cutting too short or cutting too much at one time causing a temporary browning untill the leaf recovered, so I thought I'd offer my two cents worth.
     
  9. khutch

    khutch LawnSite Senior Member
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    My problem with the 1/3 rule and Bermuda - if you are cutting at 2", the 1/3 rule applies after 2/3" of growth. My is growing that much in 2-3 days. Cut it at 2 1/2" or 3" it grows the same amount! I've come to find 5 day schedule is the only solution.
     
  10. Tadams

    Tadams LawnSite Senior Member
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    First of all let me say that I hate Bermuda. Let me rephrase-I hate taking care of a bermuda lawn that the customer wants cut every 2 weeks! The best way that I have found to deal with the extreme growth rate of bermuda is to start the season off by cutting the bermuda as low as you can and then you have to gradually raise the cutting heighth as the season goes. I started the season at abought 1.5" and now I am up to 3.25-3.5". I do have some that are still at 2" but the people want them short. I have told them that there might be some scalped marks and that this is not very good for the turf and that if they insisted that I cut it this low then I could not be held responsible for the way that it looks nor if any other problems arise from cutting at this heighth. As the end the season nears for bermuda you can start to lower it back to the desired heighth and get in a few extra cuts.
     

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