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Nicepost. Agree with most but have some commentary. Please let me throw it out for consideration and to further the discussion. While the below might read like I'm disagreeing with the author, I only am trying to stimulate.

My understanding from a botanically, horticulturally, greenthumblly challenged.

Are you speaking of summer stands - bermuda, zoysia or colder weather, fescue, rye types?

1 Grass is best served to have the above ground height the same as the root depth. The deeper the root 3-4" for fescue types is good. Bermuda types have a shorter root depth and should be cut to the 2" height.

2 Mowing should only cut off the top 1/3 of the leaf. Here is my question - do you shoot to let fescue go to 5" to average a 4" height or mow when it gets to 4". That leads to the clippings. Do many residential push mowers cut at 4" heights? If I let my fescue go that long the clippings might "choke" not only the weeds but the grass itself. Heaven forbid I let the bermuda go that high, I'd have to sharpen the blade, well, probably every fifth pass.

3 Regarding watering, down here in Hotlanta we have below normal water levels since the Olympics (it seems). Summer for fescue is brutal.

4 Almost forgot, competition from trees and roots or shade. Thats a gotcha. I have not heard a good discussion on what to do other than expand tree islands.

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