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how tall to cut?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cclllc, Jun 17, 2001.

  1. cclllc

    cclllc LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 903

    i have a lawn that has a lot of trees and where grass is hard to get to grow.I have sowed it with almost 100 percent creeping red and was wondering how short to keep it cut.Also what about thatch buildup in the shade?Thanks.
  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,496

    The fescues generally like to be cut lower than most sunny cultivars, i.e. Kentucky Bluegrass, etc.. Most fescues grow better at a height of 1.5 to 2.5 inches, however, this is a little difficult since most of the other lawn is usually a sunny blend that likes to be cut higher. Therefore, I usually just cut my fescues at a higher height as well. It doesn't hurt it, it just has a tendency to lay it down more in each direction. I hope this helps. :)
  3. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,354

    tennesee fescue is better at 31/2 or more during
    hot summer.some people want it real short cause everybody else is doing it but that where you show them why it should be left longer.
  4. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Posts: 3,486

    What were the results of a soil test?
  5. cclllc

    cclllc LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 903

    The lawn is about an acre with around 150 trees.Part of it is irrigated although the trees seem to soak up most of the water.
  6. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
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    Did you see my question? Was a soil test taken?

  7. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    Fescues are recommended to be cut heigher. Especially in the hot south. Root development is in direct relation to leaf growth. The heigher you cut it the deeper the roots. 3.25" and up would be ideal. I cut my fescue at 3.25 and go up to 4" once the drought starts.
  8. cclllc

    cclllc LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 903

    No we haven't had a soil test done.
  9. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,645

    3 1/2 to 4 1/2 as heat appraoches. dave g
  10. cclllc

    cclllc LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 903

    will shade reduce the breakdown of grass clippings and cause more thatch?

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