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Mow Height

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Madstriper, Apr 8, 2005.

  1. Madstriper

    Madstriper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 130

    OK, I thought i had this figured out, but after reading more post
    im getting confused.
    When you say you cut at 2.5 to 3.5, doesnt that mean that the
    grass is 2.5 or 3.5 after you cut, at least according to your setting
    on your mower deck. If not, please explain.
    Im trying to learn to be a professional and represent this industry
    with respect and knowledge. Please dont tell me to do a search,
    thats how I got confused.
  2. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 963

    If you cut at 3 inches it is either a) The height the mower is set at, or b) an actual measurement of the turf after the cut. Just because the mower is set at 3" blade variations (spacers) could have you cutting lower than you think. The higher the gras is cut the deeper the roots, better protected from weeds germinating, etc. It is not uncommon to cut higher if you can get away with it.
  3. br549oicu8

    br549oicu8 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,230

    Exactly as said above and try when possible to vut off only abou 1/3 of the total height for best results.
    Example being............Desired height...3 inches
    Ready to cut heaight.....4 1/2 inches

    I know this is tough but if a customer moans about too often it is a good idea that they be told the best methods are being used on their lawn.
    Works for us!!!!

    Signed...not so new newbie!!
  4. Madstriper

    Madstriper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 130

    OK, thanks for the clarifications(is that a word?).
    I was trying to confuse myself.
    I know ya'll get tired of dumb questions, but I really have learned
    alot on here and didnt want to get off track.
    I have been mowing large yards since, well.....lets just say the late
    1970's, but they were mostly country yards with old folks for customers.
    Now I am living in suburbia and although mowing is mowing, its just a
    different beast.
    I am not planning on being a scrub, but that depends on your description.
    I do have insurance, but this money will be to help out the family budget,
    to build a business, and hopefully replace my job full time a some point in the
    Im am starting out with minimal investment, Honda HRC216, Echo 210, making my own flyers and business cards, etc.........I dont see how I could justify getting 60 bucks an hours to learn the business. I wont be nearly as effecient as the more experienced pros, however, I dont plan on charging 20 bucks an hour either.
    Thanks to everyone out there for helping me learn.
    I promise I will try not to be a scrub.

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