cutting height

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MarkSk1, Apr 22, 2003.

  1. MarkSk1

    MarkSk1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    What cutting height is everyone using here?
  2. grass-scapes

    grass-scapes LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,552

    3 1/2 in the spring and fall, and 4 inches during the summer due to water shortages yearly during the summer.
  3. sheppard

    sheppard LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 542

    On what?

    The customer,

    the variety of grass

    the amount of rain,

    how many ruts or bumps in the ground,

    This question is so open ended that I need more info to help.

    Do you cut principaly centapede or St. Aug.?

    Do your customers leave it up to you or do they tell you what hight to cut?

    How many accounts have sprinkler systems?

    Here me thinking?

  4. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,405

    I start the first cuts (after scalping) at about 2.5" and gradually go higher as it gets hotter, up to about 3.5" to 4".
  5. Doogiegh

    Doogiegh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    I go from about 2.5 to 3.75, raising the height up by about a 1/2 inch every 2 weeks during May and June so that by the time it's the end of june, I'm up to top height.. Keep it there through the end of August and around Labor day start taking it down by 1/2 inch per cut (every two weeks) so that it's back down to 2.5 or even 2.25 by Halloween.

    The higher cutting height helps the blade maintain moisture and less brown out during the dog days of summer. If you cut the lawn tooo short, 1 day of 95 degree sun can toast the entire lawn....


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