grass height

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by maddogg578, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. maddogg578

    maddogg578 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    is it ok in ninety degree weather to cut my grass at height 3 1/2 and does mulching the lawn brown the lawn.
  2. JoeHop6299

    JoeHop6299 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 204

    Most of the time if it's 90 the grass will already be browning,unless watered everyday. I tried mulching for awhile it did seem to brown in the heat. I went back to bagging.
  3. clean_cut

    clean_cut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,327

    Almost anything not watered often will be at least a little brown in the heat, but I think mulching would be better for the grass than bagging (nutrients returned to the soil). I side discharge a lawn cutting at about 4" to 4.5" and it's greener than many of the lawns in the neighborhood, which some are probably bagged.

    If you want to do something easy to keep your grass green, raise the mowing height to 4" or more maybe 4.5" or 4.75". This way the grass gets scraggly by the end of the week and you have a reason to mow again.
  4. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    We switched to mulching our southern turfgrasses 3 years ago. We only collect clippings on 5 lawns of our routes for the week. We are using the Exmark and Walker mower....the Exmark with the mulching kit and correct OEM blades for the system. We are mowing at 3 to 3.5 inches tall and do not get any browning of the grasses. The only time we ever got any browning is when the customer didn't water or the discharge was clumping on the grass. Either way, it is either too dry or you need to disperse the clippings more blowing will help if the browning is too noticeable. The clippings are beneficial to the lawn.!! Sharp blades is a prerequisite to mulching grasses and keeping burn and browning down. We sharpen the blades every other day on our equipment. It makes a difference!!!!!
  5. JoeHop6299

    JoeHop6299 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 204

    That's the problem,lots of people don't water like they should.

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