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Height to Cut Grass

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by CJMLS, May 15, 2007.

  1. CJMLS

    CJMLS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    I'm in Eastern Pa and wondering what height to cut the grass. I cut on a weekly basis and have tried 2-1/2" which leaves too many clippings. At 3" I get complaints of it being too high. Please advise. Thanks, CJM
  2. Lawn Works

    Lawn Works LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    What type of grass?
  3. CJMLS

    CJMLS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    Well, it's several. Some of my equipment is not so easy to change deck heights so I like to keep it standard.
  4. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,289

    Bucks county? How far are you from Quakertown? Just wondering because my ex fiance used to live there and I traveled up there quite often.

    Anyway you have cool season grass just like we do and it should be cut 3" to 3 1/2" right now and 3 1/2" to 4" in the summer. I bet your people want it cut short because they think it wont need it as often which will save them money.
  5. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
    Messages: 6,073

    2 1/2 right now, with the weather we have been having with no rain, the grass will definitely burn out at that height.
    the lowest we ever cut is 3, and that's only a few lawns.. most we cut at 3 1/2, and some at 4.
  6. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    If they are not used to seeing grass cut at 3+" it is going to take a few weeks for it to look right. I always tell new clients to give it a month to 6 weeks and they are always happy with it by then....
  7. CJMLS

    CJMLS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    I'm about 45 min from there. Thanks for the advice.
  8. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I am beginning to understand your wisdom.
  9. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    I cut Bermuda around here to 1.5 - 2 depending on weather, for the fescue I cut to 3-4 inches. I have yet to have problems with these heights.
  10. Budget

    Budget LawnSite Senior Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 368

    Make sure you are cutting at 3". Check air pressure in tires and due a test cut on your own property and measure it. All mine are 3" and up, no complaints yet.

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