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Longer in the Summer?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MOturkey, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,780

    Just wondering how many of you increase cutting height as you start to get into full-blown summer weather? We still have plenty of moisture at this point, but it is getting into the mid-90's every day, so I kicked most of my accounts up another 1/4 inch this week to about 4 inches.
  2. Cutter1

    Cutter1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,261

    we cut higher when it gets hotter out, then a bit lower come fall and cooler temps.
  3. All_Toro_4ME

    All_Toro_4ME LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,578

    4'' wouldnt work around here. I've tried going 3.5" and up and they always call a day or so later and say its not short enough. Explaining to them its better to cut higher in the summer goes in deaf ears. I've been at 2.5" and starting to get to 2.75'' and 3'' point.
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I used to do that, now I just keep the Wb's at 4" year round thou on the Z I still raise it in the summer,
    that and I let the grass go a lot longer between cuts, 3-4 weeks is not at all unusual in this heat and when it's dry.
  5. All_Toro_4ME

    All_Toro_4ME LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,578

    Is this your hobby topy? You start mid day to late afternoon, mow part time, and cut them every 3-4 weeks. How do you make any money worth justifying it?

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    i raise the blades when it gets hotter and dry
  7. kc2006

    kc2006 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    i'm pretty sure topy is just a pawn put here by the site owners, been done before where they create a character to stir the pot and get more clicks.

    I'm up to 3.75" now and will go up to 4" next month than start bringing them back down to about 3.25" in the fall.
  8. Coastal Lawn Maintenance

    Coastal Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 485

    i usually in the spring run about 3 to 3.25 and in the Summer i go to 3.5 or 3.75 but like said before the customer complain saying it don't look like it been cut.
  9. redskinsfan34

    redskinsfan34 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 107

    I'll go up about a quarter inch to 3.5 - 3.75. July and August I cut every other week unless it rains alot.
  10. freshprince94

    freshprince94 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,449

    I mow at 4" year round.

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