Grass Height

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Goode, Oct 1, 2000.

  1. Goode

    Goode LawnSite Member
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    I would like to know what the rule of thumb is for the height of grass at the end of the season. Is it better to leave the grass high or low going into winter?

  2. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
    from Wa
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    We alway cut it down shorter than normal, blow out the sprinklers, and put down a good winter fertilizer so come spring you won't have to wait until the fert kicks in, the grass will be nice a green and ready to be mowed.
  3. dhicks

    dhicks Member
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    Typically, I mow at 4" during the hot summer. By now, we are cutting at 3" and the last cut late November will be about 2.75" or 2.50" It works for us plus we also do the winter fertilization.
  4. stick9

    stick9 LawnSite Senior Member
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    We tend to mow as short as possible (without scalping or making it look bad) in the fall months ..

  5. chrisbolte

    chrisbolte LawnSite Member
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    depends on the type of grass. Fescue is 2.5 to 3 inches in fall.
  6. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

    I usually cut it shorter for the winter. One advantage to short grass is that leaves don't get stuck in it. They blow across it. Long grass traps leaves.
  7. accuratelawn

    accuratelawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 922

    usually 3 in the Spring. On a wet day we will go 3 1/2...less clippings.
    Hot summer 3 1/2
    Next week going to 3 and final cuts may alittle shorter.
    Winter fertilization to keep it green and to start mowing early in the Spring.
  8. Ocutter

    Ocutter LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 314

    If you live in an area that is wet and cold say Long Island NY then cut it shorter than usual to minimize fungus and disease problems. During the yr I cut at 4 even 5". Then I drop down to 3". I get spot areas of mold in the spring but that goes away once it warms up.
  9. landscaper3

    landscaper3 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,354

    We cut at 3" in spring and raise decks to 3.5" in summer
  10. powerreel

    powerreel Banned
    Posts: 481

    I am down at 1.5 " and never really go above 2.5" in the northwest with all the rain and all you couldn't mow at 3" ever- well, maybe in July! Shorter grass is way less work and your rotary deck won't clog as bad

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