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    Re: Cutting height?

    Quote Originally Posted by TonyPrin View Post
    Ric, I sense you know your stuff and take it your heights have been confirmed but the bluegrass (and other grass) height seem low to me - particularly allowing for summer mowing. The ranges appear to be mnimums. Here's information provided by Purdue U.:


    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sour...DWOq1pa0mXnyWg

    Most of these charts are of recommended optimum cutting heights and depending on location and time of year cutting heights can vary greatly. Use the charts as a starting point and adjust for your location and conditions. If I used the cutting heights from those Purdue or those other places like that or from the postings here on this and other forums I'd probably be out of business in a short period of time.
    Cutting grass is basically common sense, I mean really grass that's cut too short is more susceptible to weed invasion, drought and heat damage etc. Let your grass grow too long between cuttings and you run a good risk of creating a habitat for insects like mosquitoes, mole crickets, chinch bugs and critters like voles, mice and snakes etc.

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    Re: Cutting height?

    Quote Originally Posted by sidemouse View Post
    Depends on your mower and deck size, too...
    Generally speaking the larger the deck the higher you should cut but some mowers allow higher settings than others.

    My mowers are set to the highest each will go, not all mowers can go as high.
    I cut at 4" with my 21" Honda and 48" Toros, and 5.75" with the 60" Ztr's.

    You will usually have to get into some pretty wide decks before getting much past that 4" setting, although there may be a few smaller decks that allow it.

    I'm in zone 8 where it's mostly fescue, some zoysia and some bermuda.
    Oh and we have crap grass as well, plenty of it too.
    I don't know where you get your information from but I disagree with your post as it doesn't really make much sense to me. Most of your cheaper residential mower heights settings will range from or have a height adjustment from 1.5 in. - 3.75 in. Honda and Toro will top out at 4" but will carry a little heavier price tag. You can also buy residential ZTR mowers with 60" decks that only will cut a height of 4" and some cut at 5" depending again on how much money you want to spend.

    If you want to get into the 5" cutting range you'll basically have to go to the Commercial end mowers and you don't have to buy a large deck to get past the 4" settings. I have a 30" push a 36"stander and a 48" ztr that all cut at the 5" settings although I rarely cut much higher than 3.75 to 4" on most lawns.

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    Re: Cutting height?

    My Toro SS TimeCutter can cut 4-1/2" (& that is measured @ front blade tip to flat floor with operator on board).
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    Re: Cutting height?

    The size of grass depends on the season. The typical range for cool-season grasses falls between 1 and 4 inches high.

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    Re: Cutting height?

    We've had some rain recently with more on the way forecast for the next several days in a row I had to cut this morning, in the window, no way around it. It was getting long (KBG, zone 4) and while it looks real good at 3" (as high as mower will adjust) the grass was starting seedheads in some areas. I noticed 3" is too high to reliably cut off all the seedheads as a practical matter. I could have tried 2-5/8" but the grass was still a little wet though the mower performed like a champ. This time of year it will need mowing again by this afternoon, or tomorrow ;)

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    Re: Cutting height?

    If I cut an average of 500 yards a year, by that math I've mowed roughly 8 thousand lawns in the past 16 years...
    To put things in perspective, if a homeowner mows their own lawn 20 times a year (which is quite a lot by most standards) for the next 50 years, they'd have cut 1 thousand lawns.
    I could actually add it up one by one, I have all records going back to day one but 500 a year is a good average figure, with 40-50 lots I'm pretty sure I cut most 10-16 times a season.

    And the one thing I have learned in all the years, is you can take all of the charts and knowledge and everything ever said and printed...
    You can take all that and do what ever you want with it, because the higher I cut, the better it looks in the long run.
    Every single time, doesn't seem to matter what kind of grass, we are talking residential non-sports field / non-commercial turf.
    Today if I could cut higher I would but my mowers are all maxed out height wise.

    And the hotter it gets outside, the more obvious this becomes.
    If your grass burns every year it's because you're cutting either too short, too often, or both.

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    Re: Cutting height?

    Quote Originally Posted by sidemouse View Post
    And the one thing I have learned in all the years, is you can take all of the charts and knowledge and everything ever said and printed...
    You can take all that and do what ever you want with it, because the higher I cut, the better it looks in the long run.
    Every single time, doesn't seem to matter what kind of grass, we are talking residential non-sports field / non-commercial turf.
    Today if I could cut higher I would but my mowers are all maxed out height wise.

    And the hotter it gets outside, the more obvious this becomes.
    If your grass burns every year it's because you're cutting either too short, too often, or both.
    Makes sense to me. Perhaps the question should be why have an upper limit to mowing height? I understand the minimum and why the minimum would change based on location and season but where does the maximum come from? I mean, my lawn is a blend like many others which means some grasses are over the maximum, anyway unless I cut too short.

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    Re: Cutting height?

    Part of that is just convention I bet. My Gramps for example had a push reel mower and a tiny lot back in the day over on 3rd street, just like everybody else. Can't let the grass grow very long, or it ain't happenin'!

    I think what happens a lot of times today, the average busy homeowner, lawn care with many isn't a hobby at all but mostly, an unwelcome chore. It can be put off for a while (Gramps couldn't, but with a gas mower it can) but only to a point.

    So it oftentimes gets cut short almost to the point of scalping, in the mistaken belief of decreasing the frequency or need to mow. Then it gets put off again for a while for whatever reason and maybe the next time instead of the recommended "no more than 1/3rd of the grass blade removed at any one time" it's 3/4 or 7/8 and the lawn goes into shock (again), roots dieback, weeds start to move in etc. Then summertime arrives, and the ground is baked. Heavy traffic, kids, pets, etc.

    Maintenance or performance of the mower (dull, bent, unbalanced blades.. ) is a factor too, some mowers won't cut high thick or wet grass well. So the routine is keep it scalped, and that's "good enough."

    Grass goes to seed at a certain height though, looks pretty furry, or will start to lay down. Alternating mowing directions encourages the grass to grow more upright, it's not just for the purty stripes. All I can say is it's a lot easier to maintain a nice healthy lawn than it is to restore a neglected one.

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    Re: Cutting height?

    It may very well be convention, but when I see information like this (which I find regularly), one would think there's some botanical rationale for the limitss.
    Grass Type

    Mowing Height
    Bahia grass
    2 3
    Bentgrass

    Bermuda
    1
    Buffalograss
    2 3
    Centipede
    1 2
    Fine fescue
    1 2
    Kentucky Bluegrass
    1 2
    Ryegrass
    1 2
    St. Augustine
    2 4
    Tall fescue
    2 3
    Zoysia
    1

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    Re: Cutting height?

    Those numbers are probably for turf that is intensively managed, as in Golf courses, they need a range of heights for the fairway, rough, greens, etc. Heavy fertilization and irrigation, the only way they can get away with the lower heights though.
    Last edited by Teds; 05-20-2017 at 12:15 PM.

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