Grass Cut Height

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Ground Control Lawn Care, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. Ground Control Lawn Care

    Ground Control Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    from nc
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    How do you guys know at what height to cut the yards?
    For instance, new customer that you have never cut their yard before, how do you decide?
     
  2. billslawn89

    billslawn89 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    depends on the type of grass, here in the south, st. augustine is cut at around 4 to 5 inches. find out what type of grass you will be cutting and do some research.
     
  3. Ground Control Lawn Care

    Ground Control Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    from nc
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    do you cut different height depending on the type grass? (sod, centiped, etc.)
     
  4. billslawn89

    billslawn89 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    sure, bermuda grass is cut short at 1 to 2 inches or maybe shorter. bahia grass is at 3.5 to 4 inches. you have to know what type of grass it is to determine the cutting height
     
  5. Not to single you out, but grass here in FL should be cut as followed:

    St. Augustine 3-4 inches
    Bahia 1-2 inches
    Bermuda .5-1.5 inches

    its really not healthy for st. augustine to be cut at 5 inches, makes it way too spongy and prone to disease. And bahia cut any higher than 2.5-3 inches just looks tacky.
     
  6. billslawn89

    billslawn89 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i can not see cutting bahia grass at 1 to 2 inches in the summer time. there is no way, grows too fast and if you cut that much off, the lawn will look like crap!, unless you are a mow and blow kinda of guy. 3 inches for st augustine is too low, also will not look good. i had clients that i started maintaining that cut theirs that low and looked terrible, and thin. i raised the cutting height to 4, apply some fert and the clients couldn't believe how the lawn looked! the neighbors even comments how good it looked. anyways, good luck too ya! :drinkup:
     
  7. tattooedturf

    tattooedturf LawnSite Member
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    : QUOTE=Ground Control Lawn Care;2857244]do you cut different height depending on the type grass? (sod, centiped, etc.)[/QUOTE]
    Where are you in N.C? don't really matter what the customer thinks, it depends on the type of turf. Around here it's fescue and you mow it at 3 1/2 to 4 inches. And by the way "sod" isn't a type of turf:laugh:
     
  8. tyler_mott85

    tyler_mott85 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Of course there are the "ideal" cutting heights for grass. But these are for "ideal" conditions including watering, fertilization and making sure you're not cutting more than the recommended 1/3 length of the blade off.

    I know that I mow weekly or bi-weekly, not by how much growth is on the grass blade.

    We typically mow our lawns on a 3.5" setting. Which is actually lower when you take a stick to it, due to uneven ground and what not. Everything here is Fescue or Bermuda. With a bit of Zoysia or Bluegrass mixed in. If the lawn is pure bermuda we will go as low as 2.5".
    When the growing season is in full swing we may raise the cut .25" to help in productivity.
    Typically commercial properties get cut shorter. I think it makes them look cleaner throughout the week and shorter grass doesn't attract litter as bad.
    I don't like a huge variance in my cutting heights and cutting too much off just makes a big mess so we will never mow lower than 2" around here. If you want lower, hire someone else.
    Good luck.
     
  9. Ground Control Lawn Care

    Ground Control Lawn Care LawnSite Member
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    i am near pinehurst, nc
     
  10. It's only alot of grass the first time you cut it that low on bahia. After that it slows down and concentrates growth down at the roots. I'll admit the first 2 or 3 times you cut bahia that low it will look yellowish, but after that the lawn will fill in and be green as can be and cut very easily. And I usually cut my st. augustine 4 inches in the summer and 3.5 in the winter. 3-4 inches is what the state reccommends when you take your lawn and ornamental test. and def. not a mow and blow kind of guy.... :nono:
     

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