Just a little clarification.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Triper, Apr 9, 2011.

  1. Triper

    Triper LawnSite Member
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    I'm located in eastern NC and a large majority of my clients have centipedegrass. I'm having some conflicting information for the optimal mowing height.

    A lot of the people on lawnsite are saying anywhere between 2.5"-4" for centipedegrass.

    The TurfFiles from NCSU are recommending 1"-1.5" mowing height for centipede grass.

    I know the LCOs on here have some real world experience, but I also know that NCSU is known for their agriculture and turf degrees, so they must have some merit to their claims?
     
  2. Triper

    Triper LawnSite Member
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  3. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That is who I refer two and many time refer my clients to. If NCSU post it there, it is scientifically proven and tested.
     
  4. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    you can cut centipede really short and it will be fine. alot of yards here have centipede in them. i generally cut all yards at 2" in the spring and then 2.5-3" in july and august when it gets really hot
     
  5. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm in Greenville, NC with a lot of Centipede. I'm cutting all of mine at 2.5 to 2-3/4".
     
  6. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    you can cut centipede at 1" but it is hard to cut at that height unless the yard is absolutely perfect with no roots, rocks, dips, or anything in them. a safer height is 1.5" - 2" just to protect your mower blades.
     
  7. Triper

    Triper LawnSite Member
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    I think I may try a 1.5" on my personal lawn for a test run. Anyone else cut at 1.5 or 1 on a regular basis?
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  8. Triper

    Triper LawnSite Member
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    Nobody cuts that low? I would think there would be at least one of you guys out there that has done it, lol.
     
  9. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The only reason I cut warm season turf that low is to scalp before reseeding with rye.
     
  10. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    what is it you are wanting to know? you can cut it that low if that's what you are asking. my dad cuts his at 1 1/2" all season long but it does turn brown in july/august when he does that lol
     

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