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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 8:59 am 

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There are several threads here and items on the Dirt Doctor web site about mowing such that no more than 1/3rd of the grass is removed. (

There are a few areas in my lawn where the grass has become very "leggy." In these areas there is almost no stolon growth, I see very little new growth from rhizomes, and there is only a small amount of green leaf at the tip of the stems.

I am looking for advice on how to resolve this issue (here in August). Should I do a one-time cut with the mower deck lowered one notch, then start mowing more frequently at the normal height so each mowing does not violate the 1/3rd removal rule?

I mow weekly, but with all of the spring rain, the early summer growth was very rapid. As a result I was probably removing over 50% of the height of the grass with each weekly mowing leading to the leggy growth.

Suggestions are appreciated

PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2016 11:30 am 

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Bermuda should be mowed at the mower's lowest setting all the time for maximum density. When it gets up to 1.5 to 2 inches it can thin out considerably. When bermuda is mowed lower than 1 inch it starts to take on a horizontal growth habit that looks much different from most grasses. Look at a putting green if you get a chance. The bermuda stems are all horizontal and only the blades grow upright.

Mowing 2x per week is the way to keep from cutting too much off.

David Hall
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