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    Cutting height?

    Just wanted to know what height you guys recommend cutting at?
    Thanks, Kevin

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    Re: Cutting height?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin O. View Post
    Just wanted to know what height you guys recommend cutting at?
    Thanks, Kevin
    Depends on what type of grass your cutting.

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    Re: Cutting height?

    Duh... Probably should have added that. I'm up in the northeast so it's all cool season grass mostly Kentucky bluegrass.

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    Re: Cutting height?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin O. View Post
    Duh... Probably should have added that. I'm up in the northeast so it's all cool season grass mostly Kentucky bluegrass.

    Kentucky blue grass needs to be cut often and should be cut at around two and a half inches (2 1/2") Give it about an inch then cut it back to 2 1/2 again and water it often.

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    Re: Cutting height?

    I'm in Connecticut too and my cutting heights on my customers lawns range from 2.5 to 4 inches depending on the lawn and the time of year. 3 inches is about right for most lawns here increasing to 3.5 to 4 inches in mid summer to keep them from burning out.

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    Re: Cutting height?

    I cut my lawn at 3.5 last year (kbg,fescue,rye). It seemed to be too long as the grass had a tendency to lay over. This year I am going to cut at 3 inches.

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    Re: Cutting height?

    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.

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    Re: Cutting height?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin O. View Post
    Duh... Probably should have added that. I'm up in the northeast so it's all cool season grass mostly Kentucky bluegrass.
    In Connecticut (like me), bluegrass should be cut to 2.5" to 3.5" with the lower limit not recommended for mid-June through August. Keep in mind you shouldn't cut more than 1/3 of the height in a mowing. Thus, if you want to maintain a 3" lawn, you can let it grow to 4" which is great for root development. Also, some bluegrass varieties are resistant to rapid decomposition. That means you may want to pick up at least 1/2 your clippings to avoid a build-up.

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    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?

    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
    Last edited by TonyPrin; 05-06-2017 at 06:41 AM.

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