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Florida question

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by I.M. Green, Oct 12, 2008.

  1. I.M. Green

    I.M. Green LawnSite Member
    Posts: 177

    I thought I knew what I was talking about until today when someone has made me second guess myself. I was told today by the "pro" at home depot that I need to start cutting grass short here in Florida to get ready for the winter and in the spring it will help the grass be healthier. I know that up north where you have snow you need to cut it short to help resist fungus and disease, but do we need to do that in Florida? I can see maybe if it's a yard full of oak trees with plent of leaves that are going to be on the ground and not get picked up, but is this necessary in Florida to cut the grass short to help it in the spring? If so how short?
     
  2. freshprince94

    freshprince94 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,449

    That is crap. Cutting St. Augustine too short actually makes it more susceptible to disease and fungus. You should be cutting at 4 inches, maybe 3.5 at lowest but below that will scalp it.
     
  3. Big C

    Big C LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,641

    I sometimes go as low as 3.25" on St. Aug.... but that is pushing it.
     
  4. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,977

    I will go to 3 1/2" on some in March, but never in fall or winter. We actually will let them grow out pretty high going into winter. If they get a little frost damage we'll cut them back an extra 1/2" or so in the weeks following.
     
  5. I.M. Green

    I.M. Green LawnSite Member
    Posts: 177

    ok I thought I was right, but sense he was supposedly a "pro" I figured I would ask. It sounds like I'm doing the same as everyone else...
     
  6. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,938

    also it depends on the type of St. Aug Variety.

    i have seen some the grower recommends mowing at 2.5" to 3"
     
  7. GrassmasterB

    GrassmasterB LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 203

    just keep cutting it the same height you have been all summer. your yards will stay greener longer. and really, how much snow could we possible get this winter?
     
  8. jbannick18

    jbannick18 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 490

    Why would you even begin to listen to this "pro" at home depot. Most people who work at home depot, lowes etc. act like they know what they're talking about but usually don't have a clue. Definetly keep cutting around 4 inches
     
  9. no less than 3.5. I think it depends though. In my neighborhood, i cut at 3.5 and it looks great. In my aunts neighborhood, i have to cut most at 4. i have one that i cut at 3 in my neighborhood but it doesnt look scalped at all.
     
  10. bscofield07

    bscofield07 LawnSite Member
    from PSL, Fl
    Posts: 44

    this is the time of year i start to mow higher............b/c customer will begin to skip svc weeks if they feel its not growing as fast
     

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