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Old 11-06-2016, 06:10 AM
 
Location: Central IL
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Do folks lower their mower a notch (or two) on their last mowing in the fall? I've heard it's bad to over-winter with very short grass but I do go a bit lower than usual so I have more of a window in the spring when it is too wet and that first mowing ends up being a little late and the grass gets way high.

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Old 11-06-2016, 06:37 AM
 
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Nope. I mow the same height (which is tall anyway) in the fall, and just suck it up in the spring when I have to mow a few times per week in order to keep up with the rapid growth.
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Old 11-06-2016, 07:06 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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A quick google search shows cool season grasses are better served by cutting it no less than three inches. Higher than three inches could be problematic in getting, what they call snow mold from the grass laying over as the snow keeps it covered. Granted places that do not get extreme winters the height rule would differ.
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Old 11-06-2016, 08:22 AM
 
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No, I do not cut my grass shorter in the fall. I do set my mower lower when I am mowing the fall leaves, in order to mulch them, but they tend not to be on my main lawn (wind blows them into corners).
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Old 11-06-2016, 08:53 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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I never cut my grass short. The little blades of grass are producing nutrition for the grass plant. Longer grass is healthier grass.

The length I cut the grass doesn't have any effect on how tall the grass is in the spring. On the coast, the grass grows all winter, so the length of grass in the spring depends on how many days without rain in the winter that the grass is dry enough to mow it.

In Central Oregon, the grass is going to go dormant and then it lays down, so again, it doesn't matter how short it is cut in the fall.
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Old 11-06-2016, 08:04 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Here, we get lots of rain (10" in October) but snow is rare, and they recommend cutting to 1" now, until spring. I set my rider on the lowest setting, and since it's a mulcher, get rid of all the leaves at the same time.
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Old 11-07-2016, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Central IL
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Here, we get lots of rain (10" in October) but snow is rare, and they recommend cutting to 1" now, until spring. I set my rider on the lowest setting, and since it's a mulcher, get rid of all the leaves at the same time.
Yeah....I don't go as low as 1" but considering how wet it is in April I frequently can't mow when I need to and end up raising it really high and then lowering and mowing again a day later...

But I do like to mulch up leaves as well.
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Old 11-07-2016, 09:39 AM
 
Location: McKinleyville, California
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I run a garden service on the coast near Eureka. I cut my lawns short starting mid spring up to late summer, then raise the blade to mid height for the winter when all I want is to keep the grass height even. A longer grass length means less fertilize and less stress on the plant itself. Same with fertilizing, spring, summer and mid fall.

We got 10 inches for October, second wettest on record, my lawns went from parched and not growing to lush and verdant in less than 5 weeks.
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Old 11-07-2016, 10:09 AM
 
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I cut my grass very short in the fall. I need something to mix with leaves to make compost for the spring.
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Old 11-07-2016, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tn
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I knocked mine down one notch the last time I mowed, and attached the bagger. I usually let it lay on the lawn. May have one more mowing before we are done for the fall/winter. Only the third season we have lived in the house, the lawn was horrible when we moved in. A lot of clay in our soil. This is my first house, so I am reading and trying things to see what works and what doesn't. I aerated and over seeded last fall, but I think I am too late now.
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