St. Augustine, edging and cutting it high

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by williams lcm, May 20, 2012.

  1. williams lcm

    williams lcm LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have been cutting my St. Augustine at a healthy 4.5 inches. I have to put a brand new edger blade on and feather the edger up and down to cut a clean edge. It looks like a thick carpet and when I blow out the edge I make sure it is a nice deep groove. It makes the grass look so deep and thick from the roadway. I think next week I might try cutting it a little higher. Maybe 4 3/4 or 5 inches. Or even cut it in transport mode. It gives it a unique look and all the neighbors want to know how to get that look. I can get some stripes out of it. Anyone want to share some pictures of your St.augustine lawns cut 4.5 or higher? I know some people think it is just crazy to cut it that high but it give a different looking lawn than cutting 4 inches or below. Please share your pictures. Thanks
     
  2. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
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    I think it looks good here too but most people want it around 3.5
     
  3. Depends on cultivar. Floratam needs to be cut high, but I don't think I've ever cut it at 5". Seville can get cut shorter and looks great that way. The thing I don't like about floratam is it never gets thick enough to choke out weeds so cutting high is a must. Seville on the other hand gets nice and tight.
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  4. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
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    Our turf Guru in Texas recommends 2~3 inches in full sun and 3~4 in shade. We typically mow at 3" every 7 days.
     
  5. 3" is way too short for floratam. That needs to be cut at 4" minimum. Seville can be cut at 3", but I like 3.25"
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  6. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
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    I am ignorant about St Augustine varities. Over the years there have been many installed. Palmetto seems to be one of the popular ones from the farms these days.
     
  7. It's the most common turf in Florida. It's not my fave tho
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  8. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
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    It is the second most common here behind bermuda.
     
  9. mjlcare2

    mjlcare2 LawnSite Member
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    Can you post some pics? We cut Floratam at 3.75-4 .. usually nothing over unless needed.. our yards seem to thrive at that height. As thick and tight as their fert/pest budget will allow.
     
  10. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    4" I don't think any mower is going to stand grass up to cut at transport height. I have a hard enough time convincing people short is bad.:usflag:
     

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