Now that we've had some rain...

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Now that it's raining again my lawn is going crazy! I just cut it on Thursday night to this height, 3.5", the highest setting on the 20" Ego:


And this is what it looked like Monday night before cutting:


It actually needed cutting by Sunday but it rained like crazy most of the day. I hope it's not raining on Thursday so I can cut it again before i go for the weekend! Cutting twice a week is barely keeping up.

I was pulling some crabgrass after cutting last night and this old Japanese couple walks by. They don't speak English, but the wife points at the lawn, smiles and gives me a big thumbs up. :-)
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My lawn is the same way. I cut it twice last week and it looks like it grew within a day. Nice lawn Blue!
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That's kind of how the zoysia in front of my house works. Everywhere else I have the usual Midwest mix of grasses. I'm going to try cutting it taller, and I'm going to start out in the spring with a pre-emergent/fertilizer mix.
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Yeah, the trend I've seen with northern grasses is to keep them tall and thick, complete opposite to that Bermuda.

Also, according to sources like LCN, deep infrequent watering is better than frequent light watering. Apparently favors a deeper root system that resists drought better. How does that compare with Bermuda, or is the recommendation the same there?
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Oh I guess I should have said I have st Augustine grass.
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Blue, you are correct in stating that "in-frequent" watering is better than "frequent" light watering.  Based on many articles I have read, the "in-frequent" watering will promote deep root growth - which leads to a healthier lawn.  The article below is from Lawn Talk for grass in the Illinois area - which is where I am from.  They also address issue regarding CRAB GRASS as well:

Crabgrass and other annual grassy weeds are common problems in home lawns that can be treated through chemical and nonchemical methods. Proper lawn care practices to encourage a dense stand of vigorous grass are the best way to prevent weeds from invading. For example, mowing height can have a big impact. Lawns mowed higher (over 21⁄2 inches) tend to have less problems with annual grasses such as crabgrass.

Close-mowed lawns tend to open up, allowing weeds like crabgrass to invade. Light, frequent watering also favors crabgrass. Crabgrass often invades areas seeded in late spring because of bare soil, frequent watering, and the onset of hot weather - all ideal for its growth.

Herbicides (weed killers) are also available to manage annual weeds. Preemergence herbicides prevent annual grassy weeds such as crabgrass from emerging. The timing of applying herbicides is important, as the control product should be applied before the crabgrass emerges from the soil. Crabgrass will germinate when soil temperatures are greater than 55 to 60F° for 7-10 consecutive days, and continues until soils reach 95F°. Other annual grasses germinate as soils get warmer than 60 degrees.

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Thanks for the info! I'm in Ottawa, so not all that different from a grass growing perspective.
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Looks great. It's better to keep grass longer in summer months especially in Katy, Texas where I am. Less water is needed when you keep it longer because the roots are better protected. With this mower it is easy to mow twice a week when the rains seems non stop of late (not complaining) because it is so light and I don't have to run out and buy gas for it. Love that is isn't as loud as the gas powered ones too.
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Agreed 100%! It's so easy to just pop out and cut the lawn after dinner! No messing with equipment (in my case it was an unruly 100ft extension cord). I just pop the battery in the charger before dinner and it's ready to go before I am.

Taller grass seems to have nothing but benefits, unless you see a healthy lawn that needs frequent mowing as a bad thing. :-)
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Blue, I do the same thing with "crab grass."  I normally walk around my yard before mowing to pick up any large objects, as kids in my neighborhood like to play with my "lava rocks" and leave some on my yard.  So this is when I pull any "crab grass" that's trying to sneak in.  It's way better to keep them under control early on, before they spread and get thicker.