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I have been cutting lately on my MTD mower at 3 notches from the Top(High) and with my Husqvarna, i first tried on 4 then 3 and seems 3 is about how high the MTD was cutting it. I was wondering rather 2 inches would be too low?

I was always cutting too low and had it on the MTD mower at the last slot it would go too and I realize now how much better the yard looks after changing how the cutting height. Just want to get some insight on cutting height. It seems like on 3 for instance, I cut Wednesday and now Monday I see weeds sticking up and the grass growing back . I know the rain will make it grow too and maybe we got a few days rain or at least one. I was away from friday to sunday.
 

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i mow on the top setting of my sears and my honda. its about 4" i think
 

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I mow 2 inches and doesnt burn the grass.
 

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It mainly depends on how dry it is... In the spring I mow around 2.5" but now that its been very dry for several weeks I now mow at 4". My neighbors lawn is basically the same as mine except he mowed at around 2" midweek; now his lawn is mainly brown and mine is mainly green.
 

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1/3rd of the grass blade should be removed. The pretty green stuff is in the upper part of the grass, plus leaving it longer helps hold in moisture.

http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/TOOLS/TURF/ESTABLISH/onethird.html

Another site:
According to the Cornell University Cooperative Extension, cutting the lawn with a lawnmower set at a proper mowing height can save you from having to bag your grass clippings, even if you don't own a mulching mower. The rule of thumb suggested by the Cornell Extension is, "Mow when your grass is dry and 3 to 3-1/2 inches tall. Never cut it shorter then 2 to 2-1/2 inches or remove more than one third of the leaf surface at any one mowing."
 

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I have a CASE 446 with a J46 deck and mow the lawn on the second to highest notch which is 3 inches.
I have found for me 3" or 3-1/2" seem to be a good rule of thumb for a nice looking lawn.
The picture is of newly seeded grass being mowed the first time after getting in the new lawn. (sorry Bad pic with my phone.)
 

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I have a CASE 446 with a J46 deck and mow the lawn on the second to highest notch which is 3 inches.
I have found for me 3" or 3-1/2" seem to be a good rule of thumb for a nice looking lawn.
The picture is of newly seeded grass being mowed the first time after getting in the new lawn. (sorry Bad pic with my phone.)
I like how it looks after 3 but it seems them weeds, the tall ones just come back really fast lol, in about 4 days you start seeing them pop up. I will try 2 1/2 next time and see how it does, yet I know that wont stop the tall weeds from popping up first. Guess I mite have to try some weed and feed in fall or sping.
 

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the number one thing that sticks out to me here, no one has mentioned grass type! Bermuda grass is prevalent here in the south and should be kept between 5/8" and 1 1/2" of course you should use the 1/3 leaf rule as to how often to mow.
 

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I keep my lawn as long as possible. I have very sandy soil conditions at my place, and it dries out too quickly if I cut it short. Granted, it doesn't look quite as manicured as some of my neighbor's lawns, but I don't need to water every other day either. (Actually, right now I don't water at all, it's rain or nothing until I get a sprinkler system in.) I like the look & feel of a longer lawn anyway.
 

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the number one thing that sticks out to me here, no one has mentioned grass type! Bermuda grass is prevalent here in the south and should be kept between 5/8" and 1 1/2" of course you should use the 1/3 leaf rule as to how often to mow.
Bermuda........3 1/2"

This lawn was completely renovated last year. The back 1+ acre was renovated this year. I intentionally cut both high as the back was not yet established & I didn't want to have to change the cutting height of the deck for the back & front.

Next year they will both be cut at 2".

 

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Bermuda........3 1/2"

This lawn was completely renovated last year. The back 1+ acre was renovated this year. I intentionally cut both high as the back was not yet established & I didn't want to have to change the cutting height of the deck for the back & front.

Next year they will both be cut at 2".

but is that sod grass laid out and planted ? in sections or what?
 

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I mow 2 1/2 to 3 inchs high. The number on notch doesn't necessarily mean 3 inchs. you need to at least get a tape and measure to the blade to find the actual height that the deck is when you are in the 3rd notch and can adjust your height from there. My 2 1/2 inchs in in my 4th notch. Murray Wide Body. Doesn't mean yours will be. You should check it. I use a JD height gauge to get the actual measurement off the ground.:thThumbsU
 

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darn, i bet you water the **** out of it too lol. Looks **** great
The only time it was watered was last year during the first 30 days during germination.

It is on a regular (once a month) fertilizing program though....
 

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You guys that follow the 1/3 rule, how often do you cut grass? Down here in the South with St.Augustine/Centipede grass, if you only cut 1/3 off you'll be cutting grass every third day. And if you fertilize, every second day. I cut as much as I can off without scalping the ground. I don't have the kinda time to be mowing every third day...:rauch10:
 
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