Midwest guys! Final cut height for the year?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TreffertLawnWrx, Oct 5, 2004.

  1. TreffertLawnWrx

    TreffertLawnWrx LawnSite Senior Member
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    Wondering what you guys end the year with, 2-3"? Thanks
  2. Same old height of 3". The only difference is when the last cut of the season happens. Last year I had customers requesting cutting in November! This year I just told a customer his last cutting would probably be Sept 30th.
    I just don't leave them overgrown thru the winter. It causes too many problems next spring. It makes it hard to get caught up with the mowing in the spring, and even invites lawn diseases.

  3. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
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    I drop em down to 2-2.5 depending on the lawn. It makes the leaves roll off and keeps the little voles from tunneling too much. If the lawn is real bumpy I leave it about 2.5". I never scalp it but lower the deck over a couple weeks time to get to my final height. It also gives you a reason to bill for another mow. Sounds greedy don't.
  4. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
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    I have moved many of my accounts to bi-weekly in the last week. This week I will keep my deck at 3.5"....then its down to 3" after that. My bermuda and zoysia lawns I might lower down to more....this will make them easier to scalp in the spring.
  5. Phishook

    Phishook LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Gradually lower them from 3.5 to 2.5. I lowered most to 3" already

    It just lets the leaves come up better
  6. PR Fect

    PR Fect LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The same here. Started with 3.25 we are now at 3, will do last cut at 2.5
  7. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
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    I go 3" in summer - 2 1/2 in fall (started last week) - Then do first spring mowing at 2 1/2 with the same blades (not necessarily terrible sharp, but not dull) because it seems I have to level all the gravel piles with the mower that the snow plows dump on my grass in the ditches and along drives etc.
    Thanks Brad
  8. TreffertLawnWrx

    TreffertLawnWrx LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks for all the replies! It is exactly what I was looking for. :)
  9. green with envy

    green with envy LawnSite Member
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    I try to stay at 3". It seems like if I go any lower I start to scalp at hill crests and bumps.

  10. jasonnau

    jasonnau LawnSite Senior Member
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    I just finished my last cut today December 6th. I'm 10 miles south of Cincinnati.

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