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Just came into a house with a very weed ridden lawn that I have been mowing with the mower at 4".  It looks like mostly KBG with some other varieties mixed in. 

I want to see if I can crowd out the weed growth over the next year (or more), but I'm a little concerned about the grass getting matted if it's going to be growing more than 4."  The blades look as though they're tipping over a bit and some of the edges have actually gotten a little matter already.

Should I cut at 3-1/2' or is it okay to continue mowing at 4"?

Thanks.
 
Jeremy Bunag
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If the grass isn't getting cut at all, then you might need to lower it.  It's true that KBG doesn't always stand tall (like Tall Fescue), but I think that 4" should still be cuttable.  Perhaps it's feeling a little thirsty?
 
                    
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Thanks, Jeremy.  I gave it another cut recently at 4" and it looks okay.  Methinks in an effort to let it grow long and shade out weeds, I was letting it go too often between mowing.  That probably contributed to the blades falling over.

I've had this lawn for all of three months, so I am still getting the hang of it.

Thanks again.
 
                            
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I've noticed that when I cut all the way up at 4", I have to mow VERY regularly or the mower pushes the blades over and I get a very uneven cut.  On my mower, I mow one notch down from 4" now, and it's a bit more forgiving in terms of being a day or two late with a mow.
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