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Old 08-22-2011, 09:56 AM   #1
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Should the lawn be cut at different heights during the growing season. I raised the mower up a notch around early July because it seemed to be burning up. The height change along with extra watering helped a lot. Should I always cut it at a high setting or should I drop it back down to about three inches when the weather cools off in Sept/Oct?
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Should the lawn be cut at different heights during the growing season. I raised the mower up a notch around early July because it seemed to be burning up. The height change along with extra watering helped a lot. Should I always cut it at a high setting or should I drop it back down to about three inches when the weather cools off in Sept/Oct?
I used to do lawn mowing professionally.

Honestly, most of the "lawn height" hoopla came down to one factor: Customer preference.

Typically, people tend to prefer the lawn a little shorter during the spring/early summer months, and a little longer during the wicked heat of summer.

On my own lawn, I just leave the mower height the same all year long. Over the years I've not really noticed much benefit, one way or the other, to changing the deck height.
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Mow high and frequently. Higher grass helps smother weeds and holds onto moisture better in dry spells. Mowing frequently means you are only trimming a bit of the leaf at at time, so the grass can put more energy into putting down deep roots instead of restoring blade area. The deeper the roots, the more drought tolerant the turf.

A low first and last mow of the season is probably OK - first low mow forces the lawn to green up faster, and the low last mow helps with fall cleanup and overseeding. Otherwise, mow as high as you can.
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