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Old 07-30-2016, 07:00 PM
 
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Contrary to popular belief, cutting shorter actually stimulates faster growth than cutting higher.

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In the Spring, when there is plenty of rainfall, I cut shorter so that I do not have to cut as many times. Then, as the summer gets hotter and the grass grows slower, I cut longer. I just try to make my job easier.
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Old 07-30-2016, 07:04 PM
 
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There are mandatory water bans in Boston?

Seeding in the spring time is one of the hardest times as the roots never have time to get established early fall.

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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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Old 08-02-2016, 11:24 AM
 
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There are mandatory water bans in Boston?

Seeding in the spring time is one of the hardest times as the roots never have time to get established early fall.
A mix of mandatory and voluntary in the suburbs around Boston.

I agree on seeding in the spring not being ideal, but I had no choice. I had some work done in the yard this spring and had to get something growing. It was either seed, or let the weeds fill it in.

However, we've gotten some rain, and the new seed I threw down in May still seems to be some of the only grass still nice and green in my yard.

Early fall, I'm going to town.
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Old 08-04-2016, 10:37 AM
 
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What height do you cut your lawn in the Summer?
It really depends on the type of conditions and weather. I have fescue that seems to do best at 2-3".
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Old 08-12-2016, 07:00 PM
 
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You and me both!

I love Spring, but fall is lawn care time.

Dethatching, core aerating, and most importantly for cool season grass, the most important time of the year to apply fertilizer.




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Early fall, I'm going to town.
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Old 08-13-2016, 06:04 AM
 
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Seems to be an ideal height for fescue.

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It really depends on the type of conditions and weather. I have fescue that seems to do best at 2-3".
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Old 08-13-2016, 05:20 PM
 
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Near record heat the past 2 days...each blade of grass has been thanking me for that high cutting height.
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Old 08-15-2016, 12:30 AM
 
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I knocked my bermuda down to 2" yesterday. It seems to run better when it's short.
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Old 08-21-2016, 06:52 AM
 
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Higher you cut discourages weeds and is better in summer with the hot days. Also, encourages deeper root system.
I've heard the opposite as to discouraging weeds... that cutting short will help keep them down... and my experience bears that out. I have Bermuda in front and St Augustine in the back, and both will get weedy quickly if I let them get too high, the Bermuda more so.
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Old 08-21-2016, 08:46 PM
 
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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!
I'm at 9 weeks of no cutting my grass (didn't need to for the party). The back yard has some small patches of junk grass that's getting high and needs to be cut, but as far as my front yard, it could go another week but I will probably try to do it this week. I cut on level 4.
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