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#1634461 - 10/16/09 09:08 PM How short to cut grass for last cut before snow.
rmattingley Offline


Registered: 11/14/05
Posts: 143
Loc: La Crosse, Wi
I cut mine 3 inches all summer, now its is time to get ready for the snow. Do I cut it shorter, or leave it at 3 inches. Thanks

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#1634486 - 10/16/09 09:22 PM Re: How short to cut grass for last cut before snow. [Re: rmattingley]
Barkleymut Offline


Registered: 01/27/04
Posts: 2457
Loc: Richmond, VA
There is never a good time to cut fescue or bluegrass under 2 1/2 inches. This shocks the grass and the cold weather also shocks the grass. Put down a good winterizing fertilizer and wait till spring to worry about the lawn again.

If it makes you feel any better I owned a landscaping company for 8 years.
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#1634493 - 10/16/09 09:26 PM Re: How short to cut grass for last cut before snow. [Re: rmattingley]
af0h Offline


Registered: 08/22/09
Posts: 153
Loc: Park Hills, Missouri
Can't say i've ever done anything special.

I just cut it like normal and trim very well - so it all looks good. But then, I never cut it real short anyway...

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#1634552 - 10/16/09 10:02 PM Re: How short to cut grass for last cut before snow. [Re: rmattingley]
Pablo Offline


Registered: 10/28/02
Posts: 46709
Loc: Duvall WA - Pacific NW USA
Final cut. Normal length.

The only area I may cut short is the dog poop areas and the grass in that direction. Pooches don't like walking through long wet grass. What can I say?

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#1634553 - 10/16/09 10:02 PM Re: How short to cut grass for last cut before snow. [Re: af0h]
Nick R Offline


Registered: 07/14/09
Posts: 10642
Loc: NEO
I usually cut it on the 3rd setting, but before winter I set it down to the 2nd notch. It helps to pick up mulched up leaves, acorns, and pick up some of the junk. Doesn't quite de-thatch it, but it's the next best thing.
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#1634790 - 10/17/09 04:15 AM Re: How short to cut grass for last cut before sno [Re: rmattingley]
Johnny Offline


Registered: 05/27/02
Posts: 14013
Loc: Retired | Wausau, WI
We probably have about the same kind of grass considering where we live. I set my mower on 3" and leave it there all year. I fertilize four times per year and will be putting down the final winter fertilizer next week. I will mow the grass for the last time just before I fertilize and mulch any leaves that are on the lawn at the time.

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#1634893 - 10/17/09 08:48 AM Re: How short to cut grass for last cut before sno [Re: Johnny]
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Registered: 01/31/06
Posts: 1847
Loc: Idaho
I cut mine shorter than usual, but I don't scalp the lawn like some of my neighbors. If you leave it long, the grass will mat under the snow, which can't be beneficial.

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#1635135 - 10/17/09 01:28 PM Re: How short to cut grass for last cut before sno [Re: SubLGT]
TurboLuver Offline


Registered: 04/12/05
Posts: 1473
Loc: SW Ohio
Same length I cut it all year 3".

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#1635250 - 10/17/09 03:12 PM Re: How short to cut grass for last cut before sno [Re: TurboLuver]
el_zorro Offline


Registered: 03/24/09
Posts: 142
Loc: Michigan
I also keep mine at 3 inches all through the season. I used let it grow longer in the fall before the snow fell but one year when we got a lot of snow cover, the mice burrowed under the snow, ate the longer grass and made nests under the snow with the grass. Made a lot of mess. Since then I have cut it the normal length in the fall.

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#1637486 - 10/19/09 11:22 AM Re: How short to cut grass for last cut before sno [Re: el_zorro]
RWEST Offline


Registered: 10/25/07
Posts: 1373
Loc: Somerset County, PA
According to my lawncare guy, you should cut the grass shorter each time, ending up at 1.5" (it's been a pretty dry summer, so we'd been keeping it between 2.5 - 3") for the final mow, to avoid snowmold issues. This is for common northern rye/bluegrass lawns.
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