Best height for final cut of the season.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by casey, Oct 26, 2001.


best height for final cuts

  1. As short as possible

    7 vote(s)
  2. 2"

    10 vote(s)
  3. 2.5"

    32 vote(s)
  4. 3"

    18 vote(s)
  5. As high as possible

    2 vote(s)
  6. Doesn't matter.

    2 vote(s)
  1. casey

    casey Guest
    Messages: 0

    We have allways cut at 2" but many customers say leave it long for the winter.
  2. captdevo

    captdevo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 932

    here in Iowa i cut 3-3 1/2" for final cut.
  3. I mow last cut at the same height as we mow for the year.
    If they get leaf removal they could get as low as 2.25".

  4. mklawnman

    mklawnman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 634

    Up here in Wisconsin I usually cut the final cutting the same height that i have been cutting at all season long, which is 3inches. Though if a customer wants the lawn cut shorter i usually cut it down to 2.5 inches. I asked my uncle about cutting heights at the end of the year. He's a horticulture professor at the University of Illinois. He says that a 1/2 inch doesnt make a difference in cutting it at the end of the year to prevent snow mold. It may help the grass but its a very small amount. Just dont go overboard and cut it way below what you have been cutting at all season long. Thats what he told me.

    I say we all move down south for the winter :D
  5. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    I make the finals at 2". The Ky Blue and fescue mix here looks good at low settings when there is no danger of burning it out. All my lawns look really good now.
    During the year they are at 3 to 3.5".
  6. Green Care

    Green Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 530

    Here it,s 2 to 2 1/2.
  7. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,845

    I mow 3 to 3 1/2" during summer and lower to 2 1/2 in the fall. Mostly just to chop leaves and cleanup yards. Double blades and mowing inward the entire yard gives one nice clean result.
  8. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 1,006

    most 2.5, few at 3
  9. lawnboy82

    lawnboy82 Banned
    Messages: 957

    I would say as a rule of thumb. Whatever you are cutting at during the normal season, take it down by a spacer and you should be set.
  10. grassyfras

    grassyfras LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,475

    Does it make a differnece what height it is cut depeding on where you are from?

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