northern grass height

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by trophytkr, Feb 14, 2002.

  1. trophytkr

    trophytkr LawnSite Member
    Posts: 73

    Starting new this year. I'm in northeastern wisconsin. You guys that mow northern grasses what do you recommend for cutting height? Thanks again guys;)
  2. jerry johnston

    jerry johnston LawnSite Member
    from SE MN
    Posts: 12

    I have been cutting grass in SE Minnesota for the past three years, and the recommeded height for Kentucky Blue grass, rye and fescu grass is 2-2 1/2 inches. Sharpen you blades often.

  3. 2 man crew

    2 man crew LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 403

    We cut most of our properties at 2.50 inches. You can cut Kentucky Blue Grass from 2.0 - 3.50 inches. I would not go lower than 2 inches in this area. Also we set the cutting heights in the garage or on the street. This way all the mowers are set the same. Allow for a slight drop in cutting height when you get the mower on the grass.
  4. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    Fescue 3 to 3.5 inches here in Kansas.


    OBRYANMAINT LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 555

    ohio here i generally cut at 3.5 but do have some at 3 and 4.... in the fall for the last cut most are 3 and there are a few that are basically all weeds that i will cut down to 2.5
  6. 1grnlwn

    1grnlwn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,261

    3" and up, don't you have scalping problems at 2.5"?
  7. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    Hey buddy, I'm about 50 miles from you in De Pere and I'm bettin we have the same types of grass but I think you are in sandier soil.
    My heights are for KY Blue predominantly mixed with red fescue and rye.
    Spring 2-2.5"
    Summer (mid June thru beginning of Sept.) 3-3.5 on non irrigated.
    2.5 to 3 on irrigated.
    fall 2.5"
    final 2"

    Its been workin real well for me.
  8. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,969

    MOW ED is right on the money. Only qualification is if you have any all tall fescue lawns, you might want to go 1/2 inch higher most of the year; helps them look better because they grow so fast at shorter heights.

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