Is it really better to raise the blades in the summer to prevent browning

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by clydesdale, Jul 31, 2005.

  1. clydesdale

    clydesdale LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 403

    I have always raised the blades up in july and august. I tell people that it is better for the lawn and will prevent drying out. Am i telling the truth or am i just passing on a myth that was told to me?
  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    This is exactly right. It keeps the rhyzomes shaded out of more hours of the day, and helps the grass hold more water. It also ensures that the root stays deeper and doesn't decline as much. you have to be careful, though. In some lawns, especially those with low potassium, the grass has a tendency to lay over and be weak and wimpy. When it does this, and it is cut too long, it actually gets hot and creates heat. This promotes fungus and burn. tru-brown/scamlawn yards are known for this.
  3. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Messages: 1,796

    LOL, that's about the best name for that company. Guys here are starting to refer to them as Tru-death. They moved into this area heavy this year and already I hear people complaining about them. I always have raised the cutting height in the summer as well.
  4. Scotts' Yard Care

    Scotts' Yard Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 343

    The chemical guys have done more destruction in our area than you can imagine too :D We try and wean our clients away from the drown your lawn in poison people but it's hard to do. We definitely mow taller in the hot weather and the lawns show it. Ours are green and fairly healthy even under the stress of 100 degree plus July days. We had an account right across the street from us until the man moved and sold his house to a young couple who take care of the lawn themselves. They water heavily but to no avail because they are mowing at 2 inches or so and the lawn is scalped in places.
    I'm not one to stick my nose in other peoples' business so I'll say nothing unless he asks me what the problem is.
  5. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 6,166

    Scott , is the fishing any good on the Payette ?
  6. ince8728

    ince8728 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 249

    hey guy i'm in zone 6 nj, is 3" a good hight for the summer? i cut at 2.75 in the spring. Most of my accounts are fine, just some that get a little more sun or arn't watered as much are showing up a little discolored.
  7. redoak77

    redoak77 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 291

    I think runner hit this one on the nose. When we had our dry smell the lawns i was mowin up on 3.5 dried out just as fast as those that were cut on 2.5 by homeowners. I began to think that it really didn't make a difference in the height but looking back most of those yards i cut are chem-dogged
  8. Shuter

    Shuter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,171

    Almost all my accounts have irrigation systems so the "browning "is not as bad. I do cut at 3" in the summer and 2 3/4" spring and fall.

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