What height Do You Mow At "Northern Grass Only"

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by Dylan's Lawn Care, May 25, 2013.


What height do you cut northern grass at?

  1. 2"

    1 vote(s)
  2. 2.25"

    1 vote(s)
  3. 2.5"

    10 vote(s)
  4. 2.75"

    12 vote(s)
  5. 3"

    40 vote(s)
  6. 3.25"

    17 vote(s)
  7. 3.5"

    29 vote(s)
  8. 3.75"

    14 vote(s)
  9. 4"+

    15 vote(s)
  1. Dylan's Lawn Care

    Dylan's Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 123

    I always like to mow my lawns between 3" and 3.5 but this year I have had more people tell me to cut shorter then ever before. Picked up a new client with a very nice yard mowed it at 3.25 and I thought it looked great get a call the next day to cut it at 2.5 next time because that's what the last guy did. Lawns that I have been cutting at the same height for the last 3 years are telling me to cut shorter.

    Now to the poll what height do you usually cut at?
  2. toasted

    toasted LawnSite Member
    Messages: 205

    I typically keep it at 3" here in NY to keep the root system strong and keep the weeds down. I will go higher if the rain puts me behind but will get it dropped down when caught up.
  3. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,378

    Older folks like short grass so they don't trip and fall. For these PITA types I only tolerate low mowed grass below 2.5" if it is a lawn I can efficiently mow with my TimeMaster 30. 2.5" is my low mow for fall.

    One retired lady insists I mow her KBG at 1.5" and I have to bag. Again if I can't comply using my TimeMaster 30 and the lawn flat out has to be smallish ....I quit the account.

    I mow my own KBG lawn here at the house @ 3.5" to 4.5".

    I personally always drift towards 3.25" for most of my accounts with KBG. Honestly 3.0" is too short.

    Most of the lawn jockeys and yard monkeys in my area scalp mow. I'm a rebel.
    Last edited: May 26, 2013
  4. toasted

    toasted LawnSite Member
    Messages: 205

    :laugh: This^

    Trying to balance turf health with customer demands can be challenging. I don't want to be mowing dirt in the summertime which is why I refuse to cut lower than necessary. Had a customer as me to go lower and refused for that reason.
    I suppose you can get away with cutting lower in spring but if I am thinking clearly that just gives the weeds a chance to take over. On certain accounts that I know are prone to weeds I actually let the grass reach max height before cutting and it usually results in a mostly weed free lawn by the time it is under control.
  5. Dylan's Lawn Care

    Dylan's Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 123

    From what I can tell im the only one in town that likes to cut over 2" I live next to a big condo association that for some reason won't hire me. Whats more funny is they can see my lawn and it looks 100x better theirs and they water all the time an fert like crazy but the the company they have mows it crazy short so it still dies out in the summer.
  6. Armsden&Son

    Armsden&Son LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,358

    I put 2.75 because I rotate between 2.5 and 3..... Per customer requests. IF it were up to me, and when it is up to me, i am cutting at 3.5 to 4.5 because I run Walkers and I am a stripe maniac and this is the best length to stripe... Or more to the point, stripes are better when cut higher...
  7. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,345

    I would say most get cut at 3.5". But I have properties that range from 3.25" to 4.25". All depends on the grass types and health.
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  8. Mahoney3223

    Mahoney3223 LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 995

    Keep it higher , cuts down on weeds, resists dry burn out and is healthier for roots. 2-3"?? You guys are nuts! First dry spell your lawns are toast
  9. TML

    TML LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    3.5 for me, stripes better, seems to keep the weeds down and the clippings are not as visible just from my observations.
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  10. locallawncare.ca

    locallawncare.ca LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 756

    I live in Ontario, Canada, I only do small yards, all push mowed, the highest I go is 2.5, sometimes 3-3.5 if its new sod, I find that small yards look like crap when they are longer, even 2.5 looks straggley sometimes, some I have to cut at 2 or it doesn't look like you cut anything. I also find the ones with small yards like it shorter, I agree that longer is better, but with the push mower I find anything over 2.5 is too long, just my input.

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