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Old 07-12-2017, 09:09 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I cut my yard every week. We like it short and looking nice. Not sure why summer makes a difference though, we want it short all year long.
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Old 07-13-2017, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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Short all year long?

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Old 07-13-2017, 10:32 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I stop cutting ours in early July when we start to get sun. I will water once a week and it stays somewhat green, but doesn't grow enough to need cutting again until the rain returns in September. Normally in spring and fall I cut to 1" weekly
until it goes dormant from the cold about mid November.
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Old 07-13-2017, 10:53 AM
 
Location: NC
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It rains a lot in central NC. So whenever there are two weeks without significant rain in july and august I raise the mower 1/2 inch. I have a mix of species including clover, annual and perennial grasses on a large acreage.
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Old 07-13-2017, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Behind You!
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Front yard is tall fescue and direct sun 4in during the summer and 2.5-3in when it's cooler. 3" in the back yard, partial sun.
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Old 07-15-2017, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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Keep mine high at 4" in summer. Requires less rainfall and better for the summer heat.

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Front yard is tall fescue and direct sun 4in during the summer and 2.5-3in when it's cooler. 3" in the back yard, partial sun.
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Old 07-18-2017, 12:03 PM
 
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I'm at around 4" or so. I had my mower maxed out, but I found the grass would fall over on itself and didn't look great. Took it down a notch and it stands up much better. Might be 3.75" or so.


Mid-july, still needing to cut 1-2x per week. Some spots that see full sun grow slower, but the shady spots are still growing fast. If I press my finger into the soil, I can feel moisture..even in sunny areas


SHort grass is unappealing to me. My neighbor cuts his at 2". Looks like a golf course, but he has to constantly water the lawn to keep it that way. Mine at 4" is just as green, but I have yet to put a sprinkler on it. Rain only.
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Old 07-19-2017, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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Im with you on short grass...it's just not a lawn.

I have several neighbors who refer not to cutting their grass as they really don't have any, more their brush and weeds.


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I'm at around 4" or so. I had my mower maxed out, but I found the grass would fall over on itself and didn't look great. Took it down a notch and it stands up much better. Might be 3.75" or so.


Mid-july, still needing to cut 1-2x per week. Some spots that see full sun grow slower, but the shady spots are still growing fast. If I press my finger into the soil, I can feel moisture..even in sunny areas


SHort grass is unappealing to me. My neighbor cuts his at 2". Looks like a golf course, but he has to constantly water the lawn to keep it that way. Mine at 4" is just as green, but I have yet to put a sprinkler on it. Rain only.
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Old 07-20-2017, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Northern Appalachia
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I checked my lawn mower's height adjustment. The highest it goes is 3.5". I've been cutting at that height, but the mower misses a lot of blades even if I go over it twice. I know a couple of my neighbors think I'm crazy for cutting it that high. They like to mow their grass right above the dirt. The neighbor behind me mows his on the absolute lowest setting. He has large oak trees and he runs the mower over most of the sticks that fall. I doubt that he ever sharpens the blade. The yard is always a mess after he mows but I'm sure he thinks he is doing it the most efficient way.
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Old 07-21-2017, 06:09 AM
 
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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Many of my neighbors cut their lawns very short. I cut mine about 3" and probably should have it a little longer. It dries out fast due to the sandy soil and I'm not big on watering. I have 2 large flower beds, one 30', other 55' which I water if some plants look real bad, but lawn not so much.
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