changing mowing height

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Bingham Brothers, May 17, 2007.

  1. Bingham Brothers

    Bingham Brothers LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    Do you change the mowing height for customers or do you mow all the same. I mow most at 3" inches but go to 3 1/2" for a few and down to 2 1/2" for a few. I picked up a nice account because the last lco wouldn't change height? Is it common to not change- i don't think it takes to much time- and I have a full schedule 6 days a week with a 3 man crew.

    Also would be interested what is the most common height.
  2. zz4guy

    zz4guy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 901

    I do just to get and keep my customers. It's quite a pain in the rear for my machine (Quick 36) considering I have to do it every other property.

    Some want it high, some want it low. I think it's more important to keep the customers happy and find a machine that you can change the height easily.
  3. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,278

    God I love my 2 second height changes on our ZTR's. I dont miss walk behinds thats for sure!
  4. tjsquickcuts

    tjsquickcuts LawnSite Senior Member
    from Atlanta
    Messages: 943

    I have everybody being cut at the same height. Mostly Bermuda and Zoysia in my area. I do have a few Fescue accounts, and have to adjust the height for those, but for the most part, I just try to keep everybody on the same page. This makes is sooo simple for my guys. I started the season out scalping down to about 1 in to 1.5 inches, and have slowly raised everyone up to 2 inches with a goal of 2.5 inches no higher then 3 inches. I used to have to change the height on just about every lawn, and that really sucked.
  5. barnard

    barnard LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 618

    Only for two, with some fescue . Both long time customers, 8-10 years. All new ones are the same. A long time ago I used to ask how high.Years ago. Now I cut it where I want it.
  6. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,369

    I cut where I think it should be ... haven't ever had a client say anything about it, so I guess I'm doing OK ... I try to keep my accounts on the same height.
  7. Groomer

    Groomer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,665

    you all should read some university turf results, They all reccomend cutting at 3-3.5 inches year round,( from their test plots.) Midwest and above.
  8. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,085

    3.5 unless it grows so fast I have to cut it higher to keep it from clumping bad.
  9. OMG

    OMG LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 275

    We mow at varying heights depending on the time of year, condition and type of lawn.

    We decide the height and it only takes about 2 seconds to change (ZTR's only).

    Currently, we are mowing higher than normal because it appears we are going to have a very dry summer (March had the smallest amount of rain in recorded history).
  10. Shawns Lawns

    Shawns Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 638

    I change mowing heights but it seems to be mostly for the customers that want to try to get a free cut out of me.:waving:

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