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Old 04-27-2016, 05:56 PM
 
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I do #4 setting, whatever it is. But I now have 2 mowers, a 2005 Craftsman riding and 2016 Hustler Raptor, last one has 8 I believe height settings. So 4 on it does not match 4 on Craftsman.
But I also came across interesting info on Hustler site. The recommend to cut by 1/3rd rule. Whatever the grass height is, cut only 1/3rd of the height.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXbKiI7Rry0
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Old 04-27-2016, 06:17 PM
 
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Zoysia, 3" in our front yard.

I have no idea what the backyard grass is but that's 3" as well. We return the grass clippings into the yard and it's pretty healthy this way.
You got a choice?

When we had Zoysia in Honolulu, it grew to three inches and stopped on its own, flat as berber carpet...and was so thick it could not be cut any shorter.
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Old 04-27-2016, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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Should provide for optimal conditions cutting as high as possible.


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I can attest to the damage that can be done if you cut too short. Towards the middle of last summer I cut our nicely greening grass too short (I changed the mower settings and did the deed myself) and it was all over. The grass we'd been nurturing all spring and summer quickly got overrun with clover and weeds within a couple weeks. We tried to battle back, but it was too late - the short cut ruined any chances the grass had to overcome the quicker-growing weeds.

Our mower is now set at the highest setting and I told my husband I would NEVER lower the blade again.
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Old 04-28-2016, 05:30 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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I do #4 setting, whatever it is. But I now have 2 mowers, a 2005 Craftsman riding and 2016 Hustler Raptor, last one has 8 I believe height settings. So 4 on it does not match 4 on Craftsman.
But I also came across interesting info on Hustler site. The recommend to cut by 1/3rd rule. Whatever the grass height is, cut only 1/3rd of the height.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXbKiI7Rry0
Learned something new at the very end of that video. Lateral grass helps the yard be thick and dense and that helps prevent weeds. Thanks. That explains my yard.


IMO those that bag grass clippings are nuts. Sure its great for compost piles but the yard would benefit from it more and like he said, less fertilizing when you leave it down.


I have to measure my height, I never really used a rule, just know the setting on my mower and when to mow.
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Old 04-28-2016, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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All depends on how much your cutting off.

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Learned something new at the very end of that video. Lateral grass helps the yard be thick and dense and that helps prevent weeds. Thanks. That explains my yard.


IMO those that bag grass clippings are nuts. Sure its great for compost piles but the yard would benefit from it more and like he said, less fertilizing when you leave it down.


I have to measure my height, I never really used a rule, just know the setting on my mower and when to mow.
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Old 04-28-2016, 11:31 AM
 
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On my JD I cut at 3.25-3.5 all summer. I enjoy a longer healthier lawn. During the fall I will get down to 3 and only drop below when I'm going to thatch or aerate.
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Old 05-01-2016, 06:12 AM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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Very good approach. I too will drop it a little before aerating and going into the cooler fall months and winter. Summertime I am going with 4.5-5".


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On my JD I cut at 3.25-3.5 all summer. I enjoy a longer healthier lawn. During the fall I will get down to 3 and only drop below when I'm going to thatch or aerate.
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Old 05-01-2016, 06:41 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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The last cut of the year right before all the leaves start falling I drop the mower down to 1 1/2 inches. During the hot summer months I keep it 3 inches. I find any higher than that the mower deck loses the vacuum effect, which results in a crappy cut. I also mow no less than twice a week during peak growing season to keep my cuts no more than 1/2 inch at a time. More than that and you risk stressing out the lawn.
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Old 05-01-2016, 10:08 AM
 
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What height do you cut your lawn in the Summer?
mow high and often. most lawns have a mix of fescue, rye and bluegrass. i mow twice a week in peak growing season, 3" into the hot summer, which helps with scorching heat towards the fall cut shorter, and your last cut of the season should be 1.5". high and often means you don't need to collect grass clippings.
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Old 05-01-2016, 10:59 AM
 
Location: rural south west UK
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whats a lawn??
we got rid of all our grass 7 years ago when we moved in, haven't got time for all that mowing, that's for straights, man!!
gardens are for growing food,if I cant eat it, it dosent go in.
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