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Old 06-19-2016, 07:40 AM
 
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Thank you for the clarification. I was always under the impression as well the shorter you cut it the faster it grows .

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if you cut 1/3 of the height of the grass you would have to cut more often than if you have longer grass.

1/3 of 1" of grass = .33 inches of growth (probably 2 days)
1/3 of 3.5" of grass = 1.15 inches of growth (probably 1 week)

it seems counter intuitive at first, but it's much better for your grass unless you are cutting every 3 days. I learned this in the master gardener training 2 years ago.
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Old 06-19-2016, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Hot here now. Never cut during the day and cut it high (4").
We been in a cool & Dry pattern past 2 weeks. Now getting hot and dry. The grass is starting to get crunchy and turning brown. I don't believe in sprinklers. It always comes back. Go to sleep grass, you annoy me every week anyway. lol
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Old 06-20-2016, 12:24 AM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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Some of the lawn here is some nice slow growing grass, other parts of it aren't so slow growing. Then there's those patches of guinea grass and I dig those out when I find them. You can just about see them grow.

Haven't a clue what the mower setting is, somewhere around 3" - 4" or so, I'd guess. Personally, I want to get a couple of sheep to mow the lawn, I'm sure they'd be much happier doing it than us. There is no lawn season here, it's year round so nobody really cares about lawns as long as they're less than knee high.
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Old 06-20-2016, 01:24 PM
 
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LOL A lot of it definitely depends on your type of grass.

Here in the mid Atlantic region, I couldn't imagine having my lawn turn brown in the summertime. I guess it boils down to how much you enjoy your landscaping.

I have a neighbor who tries that approach and seems to have to put more money and time into it every Fall of bringing it back to life is never an easy process and much of the grass often dies off.

I have another neighbor who doesn't have a lawn but has a weed factory so in that case I would probably cut it as short as possible as well.




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Some of the lawn here is some nice slow growing grass, other parts of it aren't so slow growing. Then there's those patches of guinea grass and I dig those out when I find them. You can just about see them grow.

Haven't a clue what the mower setting is, somewhere around 3" - 4" or so, I'd guess. Personally, I want to get a couple of sheep to mow the lawn, I'm sure they'd be much happier doing it than us. There is no lawn season here, it's year round so nobody really cares about lawns as long as they're less than knee high.
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Old 07-01-2016, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Somewhere, out there in Zone7B
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The question for me is "How often do you cut your weeds?"


I have a combination of grasses, it came with the house I think the majority of the grass is centipede. Somehow the grass isn't growing, but the weeds were. If it hadn't been for this feathery looking brown grass that was growing and then died, I wouldn't have had to cut anything.


This Sunday will be 2 weeks since I cut my weeds. I think our lack of rain here has kept much of anything growing, grass, or weeds.


As my neighbors are cutting their yards every 2 weeks, shortly after they cut them those damn dandelions or cats ear (looks like dandelions) are back in full force. If not for the dandelions they could go another couple weeks I think.


What I have done for the past year seems to be helping as well. Not an easy task since I have 3/4 of an acre, but I started pulling the dandelions. After a good rain I try to go out and use my Fiskars weed tool to get them out at the roots. I'm like Wyatt Earp out there with this thing. Sometimes I will use a hand tool. If I see one flowering, I may just snatch the flowers off the thing until I can try to remember where it actually was, and get it. What a difference this has made. As my neighbors continue to grow bigger and more dandelions, my yard is getting better. Of course I know it won't ever be dandelion free since the seeds from their dandelions will somehow find their way in to my yard.


Now, if I could figure out how the heck to get the upper hand on wild onions


Will be interesting to see how long I can actually go without cutting the yard without looking ratty.
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Old 07-19-2016, 06:25 PM
 
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Weeds are NOT in my vocabulary.

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The question for me is "How often do you cut your weeds?"


I have a combination of grasses, it came with the house I think the majority of the grass is centipede. Somehow the grass isn't growing, but the weeds were. If it hadn't been for this feathery looking brown grass that was growing and then died, I wouldn't have had to cut anything.


This Sunday will be 2 weeks since I cut my weeds. I think our lack of rain here has kept much of anything growing, grass, or weeds.


As my neighbors are cutting their yards every 2 weeks, shortly after they cut them those damn dandelions or cats ear (looks like dandelions) are back in full force. If not for the dandelions they could go another couple weeks I think.


What I have done for the past year seems to be helping as well. Not an easy task since I have 3/4 of an acre, but I started pulling the dandelions. After a good rain I try to go out and use my Fiskars weed tool to get them out at the roots. I'm like Wyatt Earp out there with this thing. Sometimes I will use a hand tool. If I see one flowering, I may just snatch the flowers off the thing until I can try to remember where it actually was, and get it. What a difference this has made. As my neighbors continue to grow bigger and more dandelions, my yard is getting better. Of course I know it won't ever be dandelion free since the seeds from their dandelions will somehow find their way in to my yard.


Now, if I could figure out how the heck to get the upper hand on wild onions


Will be interesting to see how long I can actually go without cutting the yard without looking ratty.
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Old 07-19-2016, 06:32 PM
 
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lawn, pasture , hayfields.............all warn against mowing/grazing too close to ground.

I really like a close mowed lawn but had to adjust to a higher mowing height if I wanted my lawn to survive.
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Old 07-19-2016, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Somewhere, out there in Zone7B
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This Sunday will be 5 weeks since I cut my grass last. I will be cutting it before the 30th just since I'm having a party, but honestly, I think I can go longer. My centipede isn't really growing, it's more the junk grass that I have to take care of. I see a few dandelions starting to emerge here and there - they will be gone soon. Crab grass is the worst!
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Old 07-27-2016, 05:41 PM
 
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Yeah, but cutting short causes it to grow faster, induces more weeds, and causes the lawn to dry out faster.


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I really like a close mowed lawn but had to adjust to a higher mowing height if I wanted my lawn to survive.
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Old 07-29-2016, 07:11 AM
 
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Drought in the northeast, along with mandatory water bans means my lawn is pretty much hay at this point. Tried to keep up with watering it, but it was hopeless. 90 degrees, full sun, and lack of rain for weeks means nice, brown straw.




Time to prep for fall planting seasons. At least the upside is all the weeds and odd plants that were growing in the lawn are also dead. I can replace with specialized seed and get the lawn I want. In the meantime, i'll lower my blade to sort of try and mulch up the dead grass in preparation for fall reseeding. Need to line up an aerator rental.




Oh, BTW, I did some seeding in the spring due to ripping out a few trees. That grass sprouted well this spring, and lasted the longest through the summer. In fact, it's pretty much the only grass that has survived the drought conditions. I used the Pennington Sun and Shade variety and looks like i'll be pickng up 2-3 bags of that stuff when I do my fall reseeding.
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