Cutting Height

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by kolar, Oct 6, 2003.

  1. kolar

    kolar LawnSite Member
    Posts: 20

    My sod is about 3 weeks old. I cut it today with my brother-in-laws HP 52 23. I cut it at 5". It looks pretty good at that height. Is it healthy for sod to be cut that long. I was thinking about going to 4" Also I'm in Michigan. Its getting cool out and I was going to fertilize it with triple 12 or 16. Would that be alright
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  2. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Posts: 4,205

    Cutting it that long is no problem but you will want to reduce the height of the lawn. HP 52-23's don't cut at 5 inches unless the deck is in the transport position. All of our lawns are cut between 3.25-4 inches.reduce the height of cut from 5 to 4 inches and then to 3.5 with each cut.Too much off at one time will only do more harm than good. Use a standard starter fert(18-24-12) rather than a garden fert like triple 12.
     
  3. kolar

    kolar LawnSite Member
    Posts: 20

    My grass is pretty green, should I fertilize anyway? To help it root.
     
  4. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,585

    agree with dvm...
    use the 18 24 12. I actually use this starter fert a couple times a year on my own, established lawn. I'm not a big fan of Nitrogen except for the one treatment in late fall. I have never had a better lawn than when I started using the starter fert multiple times a season....great stuff
     
  5. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Posts: 4,205

    Unless it has already been fertilized since laying the sod use the starter fert.

    GarPa,
    I do the same with mine.
     

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