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proper cutting height

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by HLM86, Jul 24, 2005.

  1. HLM86

    HLM86 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 120

    Centipede is 1.5"-2" and St. Augustine is 2.5"-3" is this right?
  2. ProLawns

    ProLawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 476

    That sounds right but they're many variables that I use to determine the height of cut not just what the textbook says.

    -type of grass

    -is it wet? i'll cut it a little taller

    -is it really tall? try to take off only a third if it's good turf

    -am I in a hurry? take off just enough to look like it's been mowed (this isn't
    common practice)

    -does the customer have a preference to the height of cut?

    -will I be applying broadleaf herbicide after I mow? i'll cut it taller so there
    are more leaves to absorb the herbicide

    -is it a two week yard and I want it to last longer? i'll cut it shorter (only
    crappy lawns)
  3. Scapegoat

    Scapegoat LawnSite Member
    Messages: 249

    Minimum recommended height for St. Augustine is 3" for it to remain a healthy, thriving lawn. I wouldn't cut St. Augustine any lower, at least in my climate where it stresses out too easy.
  4. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,071

    Oh no. That is even too low for perfect conditions. I this Heat 3.25 for centipede and 4 plus for St Augustine

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