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Old 02-23-2023, 05:03 AM
 
Location: SW Corner of CT
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We keep our lawn at around the 3 inch mark.
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Old 02-23-2023, 05:52 AM
 
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What height and do you bag the first cut of the season? The instructions on the Scott's fertilizer says to leave the clippings on the grass. I have been keeping mine between 2 1/2" and 3" tall on my zero turn tractor setting.
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Old 02-23-2023, 10:13 AM
 
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This is really a personal preference issue as to whether you leave your clippings behind or bag them every time.

Personally I bag mine every single time. As to that first cut I've learned over the years. Maybe drop it a quarter or a half an inch but you still want to keep it high.

Some will say cut it extra short the first cut in order to get the winter mess out of the way. I haven't taken that approach since. I don't know when as I found. Eventually the green grass always grows through and to provide for a thicker turf again, go with a high cutting even on that first time out.

Turf type cool season grass here so I am never putting down any nitrogen on my lawn until mid to late May and only some type of organic fertilizer and typically Milo. I always save the synthetic fertilizer for late summer early fall as fall as when I put down nearly all of my nitrogen.

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What height and do you bag the first cut of the season? The instructions on the Scott's fertilizer says to leave the clippings on the grass. I have been keeping mine between 2 1/2" and 3" tall on my zero turn tractor setting.
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Old 02-23-2023, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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What height and do you bag the first cut of the season? The instructions on the Scott's fertilizer says to leave the clippings on the grass. I have been keeping mine between 2 1/2" and 3" tall on my zero turn tractor setting.
You really should not bag clippings. They release nutrients and water back into your lawn. You may need to cut it more frequently or higher, so the clippings are shorter.
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Old 02-26-2023, 02:19 PM
 
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Not an easy decision…. Clip or catch is as challenging as synthetic or organic fertilzer.
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Old 03-02-2023, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Not an easy decision…. Clip or catch is as challenging as synthetic or organic fertilzer.
I was told in my Master Gardeners class that your plants don’t know the difference. Chemicals are chemicals.
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Old 03-02-2023, 06:48 AM
 
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Your plants might not, but your soil sure does.


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I was told in my Master Gardeners class that your plants don’t know the difference. Chemicals are chemicals.
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Old 03-21-2023, 07:57 PM
 
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Just gave the lawn another cutting at the highest setting.
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Old 04-01-2023, 04:01 AM
 
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How TALL To Mow Your Lawn :: Mowing Heights By Grass Type


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Old 04-03-2023, 05:19 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Our lawn program calls for the highest setting on the mower. The setting is 5, but I’m not sure what that actually means in inches. Hubby is putting it back down to 4, because he said 5 “is not a satisfying mow”.
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