Mowing fine fescue

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by BRIAN GALLO, Aug 29, 2001.


    BRIAN GALLO LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    Hey guys, does anybody have yards that are primarily fine fescue blends? These yards give me nightmares! When you cut this stuff it weaves together and sticks to everything, wet or dry. If you side discharge you get lightweight clumps and haze, if you mulch you get something completely unmentionable, and if you bag you have to stop every 20 seconds to clear the chute from the web it wove across the opening. If you try to double-cut you weave that grass together even more. The only way I found is to side discharge once, then walk the lawn with a backpack blower and disperse any clumps or haze; itÂ’s extra work but it beats bagging and the lawn looks good if you do it right. Any feedback?
  2. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830

    I only have 1 fine fescue lawn and I have to cut it at 2.5" to make it look good. I have found that that type of grass just doesn't look good cut at higher settings. I hate cutting it when it's wet, but it seems that when we cut that lawn, it's usually wet. :rolleyes:
  3. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,810

    What is that... a thin overlay?
  4. Twotoros

    Twotoros LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 494

    HATE THE FINE FESCUE. Oh yeah hate it a lot. I can never make it look good. I have tried it all. Best I find is mow short which I hate to do and bag which I hate to do.:mad:
  5. cheapcuts

    cheapcuts LawnSite Member
    from Boise
    Messages: 12

    So you guys hate fine fescue but how can I make it look good. I am finding it is a big pain. Any answers yet?:dizzy:
  6. scottb

    scottb LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 408

    Try double blades for one thing if your not already. Maybe mow it lower like EricELM stated. Also are you getting plenty of blade tip speed,are your belts in good shape.

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