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Grass types & differences

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Turf Professionals Inc., Jun 11, 2007.

  1. Turf Professionals Inc.

    Turf Professionals Inc. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 131

    I know that this is a total noob type question, but I know there are several different grass species (ie. Rye, St. Augustine...). My question is, are there different methods to cutting particular grasses. I know when I bought my mower, they offered me a special deck for Bahaya (at an extra charge of course). I have just recently been challenged to know these answers due to my increase commercial accounts. My residentials dont care and just want the grass cut. Any info would be nice. I can find the species on the net, but can not find the different ways to cut it. Thanks
  2. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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  3. capelawncare.com

    capelawncare.com LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,136

    How much extra did they charge you for that "special" bahia deck?????
  4. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    :laugh: O Boy are you in trouble.....:laugh:
  5. rob7233

    rob7233 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 873

    Go to the Bradford County Extension Service office and tell them your a homeowner. Check the Blue pages of the phone book for the location and number. Call and then go down there. Talk to a Master Gardener. You'll be glad you did. All the info comes from the University of Florida (research based). Good luck..
  6. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 2,994

    In florida the main grass types (at least in my area) are: St. Augustine, Centipede, Bermuda and Bahia.
    St Augustine, cut it the longest. I like to cut it around 4 inches.
    Centipede I like to cut around 3 inches.
    Bermuda I cut about 1.5 inches.
    Bahia, I hate this crap, I cut it about the same as St Agustine, because most the time it is mixed in with it.
    Go to Lowes and find the book about grass. It has identifications and tips in it.
  7. Turf Professionals Inc.

    Turf Professionals Inc. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 131

    I went last night and bought a pile of books. I actually did not pay anything for the "special" deck. My mower came with it at the cost of the dealer because they did not have any more with the standard deck at the warehouse. The cost of the deck is suppose to be add 500 dollars. The list price of my mower was $11,000 and I payed 8500 out the door. So I got a really good deal.

    <<laughs at Bohiaa>>. Do not get me wrong, I do know a little bit, but I did not feel that I had enough knowledge to be concidered a Lawn Care Professional. True, I do have a good bit to learn, but there was a time that the best of the best did not know much about it.

    I appreciate the help guys. I am loving reading these books. If I come across some good chapters, I will share them with you.

    Until then, thanks for all the help and input!

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