Length of Grass

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by parkay, Jan 24, 2001.

  1. parkay

    parkay LawnSite Member
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    I know that you should cut the grass higher during the warmer months, but what about the rest of the year? Should I be cutting the lawn shorter towards the end of the year? Your input will be greatly appreciated.
  2. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
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  3. klite

    klite LawnSite Member
    Posts: 72

    I myself cut at 3" all through the season.
  4. lawman

    lawman LawnSite Member
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    3 inch is what I cut at year round.
  5. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,354

    I always cut real low first cut .Better
    done before grass starts to green.
    This causes a better early green and I
    believe stimulates grass.
  6. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    3.25" year round.
  7. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
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    The northern grass should never be cut shorter than 3" during the summmer months, but in the spring and fall, you can bring it down to 2" to 2.5". I always do it this way. In the dry months I might bring it up to 3.5 to 4". By cutting it shorter in the fall, you help eliminate winter kill up north from snow.
  8. Skookum

    Skookum LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ditto on Eric's reply
  9. jason2

    jason2 LawnSite Member
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    I'd be concerned with cutting short in the spring. When you cut short early you allow more sunlight to be absorbed by germinating weeds, especially crabgrass. This stimulates the crabgrass and can make control of it tougher. By cutting the grass at your normal height, you help keep the grass ahead of the undesirable weeds.

    BUSHMASTER LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 519

    2-3 inches depending on time of the year and ground conditions.

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