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    Mower height

    On my Toro I have it right on the middle setting which is 2 3/4 but it seems like all my neighbors mow a lot shorter which looks a lot better. I've always been told that it's better to cut high and cut often. What's the best setting?



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    Re: Mower height

    I cut it low so that I don't have to cut it as often, and I hate mowing so it works for me.


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    Re: Mower height

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    On my Toro I have it right on the middle setting which is 2 3/4 but it seems like all my neighbors mow a lot shorter which looks a lot better. I've always been told that it's better to cut high and cut often. What's the best setting?
    Height is your choice, my suggestion is to never cut the grass more than 1/3 at a time.



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    Re: Mower height

    Lower mowing = less root mass. I put mine on the highest setting and mow as frequently as required to remove 1/3 or less of the total leaf area.




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    Re: Mower height

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    On my Toro I have it right on the middle setting which is 2 3/4 but it seems like all my neighbors mow a lot shorter which looks a lot better. I've always been told that it's better to cut high and cut often. What's the best setting?
    If you want your lawn to stay looking green the longest, cut it as high as possible. If you want your lawn to dry out and die during the summer, cut it short as possible.

    I have a Honda, and one of my grandsons mow my lawn. I have it set second to the highest.


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    Re: Mower height

    I've always thought you can cut lower during the cooler/wetter months in the spring, then as things dry up and heat up, I gradually raise the deck a bit so as not to stress the grass too much.

    Chad's right, don't mow more than a 1/3rd off at a time, and keep the blade sharp so you have clean cuts.



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    Re: Mower height

    Usually for the first couple of months of the spring & summer it's better to mow the shorter because of the rainfall in those early months. Then when it starts to dry out at the end of July and August you can mow the lawn at a higher height. I don't think it really matters at the frequency of how many times you mow the lawn.



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    Re: Mower height

    I wish some of you lived next to me so after mowing I didn't always hear my wife saying "How come everyone else's lawn looks so lower like a golf course?".



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    Re: Mower height

    Your lawn will look better later, especially if we get a dry spell.



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    Re: Mower height

    Quote Originally Posted by CyPride View Post
    If you want your lawn to stay looking green the longest, cut it as high as possible. If you want your lawn to dry out and die during the summer, cut it short as possible.

    I have a Honda, and one of my grandsons mow my lawn. I have it set second to the highest.

    Ditto here, Honda at 2nd highest setting. I mowed low and got spotty brown areas, moved it up 2-3 settings and now its fine. Granted I have to mow every week (7 days is stretching it) but the clippings bag lasts the whole yard, which is nice


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    Re: Mower height

    I have a Grasshopper and set it at 3 1/2. It seems low enough. I don't have my blades running down in the dirt. No scalping. And the clippings have enough grass to flow through without any windrowing. It is also easier on your bearings above your blades.

    Unless you are playing croquet, why do you want it so short?



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    Re: Mower height

    Quote Originally Posted by clones26 View Post
    Ditto here, Honda at 2nd highest setting. I mowed low and got spotty brown areas, moved it up 2-3 settings and now its fine. Granted I have to mow every week (7 days is stretching it) but the clippings bag lasts the whole yard, which is nice
    if you have a honda, then you own a mower that is great at mulching. don't bag, especially since you are mowing high.

    i haven't bagged with this mower since i purchased it, which is at least 12 years ago.

    i never see a blad of grass on my lawn after it gets mowed, that is how great a job this thing does.


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    Re: Mower height

    Keep it high, especially as we roll into the summer months.

    One advantage to keeping it high is that it feels that much better to walk on it barefoot.

    But like everyone else has said when we get hot and dry in july and august you will be very happy you kept it high. When you mow it too low and get later in the season the grass is short and almost dormant, this is when crabgrass and broadleaves have an opportunity to take over.



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    Re: Mower height

    Or...

    You could keep it low like your wife wants, then show her the $250 water bill it'll take to keep it alive..

    I suppose I'm a lucky one. My wife is vaguely aware that we have a lawn.



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    Re: Mower height

    I like to mow my grass towards the higher setting. The lower you cut your grass the easier it is for the soil to get sunlight which promotes weed seed germination. Higher grass will cut the chances of germination happening. So mowing it taller promotes a healthy lawn. Taller grass also stores more water so they will look better longer when mother nature turns the water spickets off and turns up the temp.

    Exception being in the fall or the spring when you throw down grass seed that you want to germinate. Then you can cut it lower to promote that.



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