What height Do You Mow At "Northern Grass Only"

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by Dylan's Lawn Care, May 25, 2013.


What height do you cut northern grass at?

  1. 2"

    1 vote(s)
  2. 2.25"

    1 vote(s)
  3. 2.5"

    10 vote(s)
  4. 2.75"

    12 vote(s)
  5. 3"

    39 vote(s)
  6. 3.25"

    17 vote(s)
  7. 3.5"

    29 vote(s)
  8. 3.75"

    14 vote(s)
  9. 4"+

    15 vote(s)
  1. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,916

    2" southern grass only. :laugh:
  2. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,362

    My retiree accounts always pay but I do have a few, "mow-it-lower" retired accounts that I feel reflect poorly on my "healthy grass that is manicured, vibrant and healthy motto".

    KBG mowed at 1.5"...? Because her little dogs belly will drag in the grass....?

    Another one...."it grows too fast" and THEY don't like to see their foot prints in the lawn.... :hammerhead:

    Part of me is seriously considering canning these 4 accounts. 3 of the 4 are snow customers.

    These are ALL TimeMaster 30 lawns and bagged. Not a snowballs chance I'd mess with these with a 21" mower.
  3. MyLawnCareLLC

    MyLawnCareLLC LawnSite Member
    from NE Ohio
    Posts: 67

    ^^ I agree with ya!
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  4. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,362

  5. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,924

    The cut height I use depends upon: (1) Time of season, (2) Quality of turf. It has been over 10 years since a customer asked me to cut at a different height. I make the decisions on what time of the season, and what I have to work with on their property. Nobody complains, or says anything (positive, or negative). They rely upon my judgements, and probably never realize that I am changing heights.

    I usually start the season at 2.5", regardless of lawn. Some of the poorer quality lawns go up to 2.75, and never go higher. Others start at 2.5 (April 1), then 2.75, then 3.0, ... all the way to 4.0 by June 1. Many reach 3.5, 3.75. After September, some heights will change downward. The last cut of the season is intended to be back at the 2.5 that was used at the start.

    I also make decisions regarding area. Small areas in front or side of the house my be cut 1/4" or 1/2" lower than an open backyard.

    My rules are very flexible, and attempt to do what is right for the time and situation. My customer journal has records of what was done on each visit.

    I use a Honda hand mower, and Exmark 36" Viking (fixed deck - yes, I only make changes on the caster spacers, not blade spacers), and a JD ZTR, 48".
  6. Dylan's Lawn Care

    Dylan's Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 122

    Well my biggest account a condominium just called and asked me to cut it shorter because I cut the grass 3 times last month and they don't want it cut that much. I been cutting it at 2.75 and we have had 3" of rain in the last 2 weeks. I tried explaining to them that it is the same height I have been cutting it at for the last 2 years and we have had a very wet spring but they didn't wanna hear it and the best part is the last thing they said is they are gonna get some bids on the property.

    almost half of my customers have called me this spring and told me to cut shorter because it is growing to fast and when I tell them we have not had a spring this wet in a few years and you keep dumping fert on your lawn it is gonna grow its like they don't understand that.

    I have never had this many complaints in my 6 years of doing this even some customer I been mowing for 5 years weekly and the same height are calling wanting it cut shorter and less I guess people are starting to hurt for money with $4.00 gas.
  7. Whippit96

    Whippit96 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 129

    I cut my lawn at 2.5", but I have crappy mountain grass and anything higher just looks like a bunch of weeds instead of a lawn.
  8. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,362

    Maybe I need a vacation from this or therapy or both.....but who else gets annoyed when people hack mow their own lawns.

    Used to have a neighbor who would let it grow to a foot or more then would get out there and mow it with a POS, low end, push fest, rocks flying, engine stalling every 30 seconds, restart, wife beater shirt, plumbers crack....and the list goes on.

    CHARLES CUE LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,093

    I just voted but I only mow my yard 3.5 - 4 inch but if I had to vote for my customers for the most part they would be down in the 2 inch range

    I always say some thing about the height of there grass and they say I do cut at 3 inchs you know the 3rd setting on the mower LOL

    Charles Cue
  10. GreenUtah

    GreenUtah LawnSite Senior Member
    from SLC, UT
    Posts: 866

    Since ole Zac didn't include shading of the root system to prolong holding moisture or protecting it from wind/foot traffic AND has recommendations for as low as 1" cut heights on vertical growing turf during heat, I'd say at that writing he either;

    A) Had zero field experience and is just a fresh graduate dribbling out something he read elsewhere


    B) He doesn't do this anymore

    During the cool seasons your cut height is not your continuing height. The grass will grow faster between mows and thus be longer. The roots follow that, not your cut height, which is only temporary.

    I agree to get it up earlier and keep it high later, but snow mold and rodent damages are real things for turf left long under snow for extended periods. I generally go by hard frost on each end for my timeframe to go up or down and that's worked well for us.

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