reply to alkizmo
Re: Lawn needs serious resuscitation How can you be so sure it's cut too short if the grass has not be identified? Different grasses should be cut at different heights.
said by robbin:Yeah appears dormant.
How can you be so sure it's cut too short if the grass has not be identified? Different grasses should be cut at different heights.
Robbin, this is a rule of thumb (and science) for taking care of grass. At least it is in colder climates, I would assume it's the same in a place like Florida, but I don't know about "hot" places.
Rules of thumb (and science) for spring is: Leave it alone till it's 8-cm minimum in height (about 3.5 inches). This is for root growth which will prevent browning during the summer, and produce healthy grass with a strong root system. We all know the grass is only good as long as it's root are, right?
Rules of thumb (and science) for fall (last cut before winter):
Set mower on the highest height setting and leave it.
So what alkizmo stated, and going by the looks of the grass, he isn't wrong for someone being in the land of ice and snow. That grass is cut too short for winter.
Are all grasses (the science of) not the same even in a hot place like Florida? This I don't know. But I think it is.
If not, have any links?
I'm not going to try to find links for all of the grasses grown in warm climates. I'm sure you could do that if you are interested. However, in the interest of showing that there is no "rule of thumb" I will offer the following:
"Set the mowing height at 1 to 2 inches for Common bermudagrass and 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches for hybrid varieties."
St Augustine "Set the mowing height at 2 1/2 to 3 inches (3 to 3 1/2 inches in shady lawns)."
If you read through both of these publications you will see that the recommended mowing height does not change by season. The fall mowing recommendation for both grass types listed above is given as "Continue the recommended mowing practices until the grass goes dormant and does not require mowing."
I could keep going with other turf grass types grown here but I think this proves my point. You can't make an informed decision regarding mowing height without identifying the grass you are mowing.