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Anyone ever heard of 4: height of cut

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by BeautifulBlooms, Jun 17, 2007.

  1. BeautifulBlooms

    BeautifulBlooms LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 613

    I had a customer tell me that I was cutting too low on his propety at 3" so I offered 3.5" inches and told him I do have one other customer that gets a south facing slope at 3.5" to helpe ase the droughty conditions and full exposure.

    He said he has always mowed at 4", I said I could try that and see how it looks but I have never heard of lawns being cut above 3.5" the only place for 4" grass in my opinion is a golf course rough. However, I can understand as long as I can still get the grass to stand up and cut properly 4" will be fine, but I couldn't promise how it would look.

    Anyone else ever have anyone tell them to cut at 4"???
  2. mojob

    mojob LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 515

    Tall fescue likes 4" HOC.
  3. jpp

    jpp LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    I do one front yard at 4 and it looks good. Has all the afternoon sun and before i went to 4 and they started watering it was a crispy critter. Now we are in a very long dry spell here as well and this is the first year I have cut his yard on 4. I had to drill it in his head to get the hose out and start watering too.

  4. Fairway Land & Lawn

    Fairway Land & Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    Most cool season grasses need a taller HOC in the summer. Plus, they prefer the taller cut. I have one property that I don't even drop the deck. 4.5"..
  5. RutledgeLawnCare NC

    RutledgeLawnCare NC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    its hard to get a client like that...who insists on a tall cut. thanks
  6. paolaken

    paolaken LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 699

    we mow everything at 4", tall fescue and blue

    Messages: 75

    Same here. I cut all my accounts at 4". Unless they really want it lower. It seems to be better on the grass plus it is easier on my mowers. Mostly fescue yards.
  8. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,426

    4" is better on the Northern grasses and makes it harder for the weeds to invade. Not many of my customers will let me cut that high though. They shave it like a new Marine here (home owners). It's hard to get them to understand that it's hard on the grass. I have one lady from another country (very nice) that likes it at 2.5" or less. She had her husband trim to save money even though it's apparent they have plenty of money and good jobs. Now he's on a used MTD cutting it into the dirt every week. I hope shes happy, I sure am (to get rid of the account).
  9. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 2,548

    4" on most of my lawns. Never below 3.5" for me somtimes even 4.5"
  10. SSS 18734

    SSS 18734 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    4" usually looks great on thick, cool season grasses. It only looks like crap on the thinner lawns.

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