Mowing Length of Newly Established Celebration Bermuda
Basically, my question is how does one keep the 1/3'rd rule and keep the overall grass height low with newly established grass? I had celebration bermuda installed about 3 weeks ago and it has filled out nicely. In trying to follow the best management practices, I mowed after 6 or 7 days, keeping the (rotary) mower height high enough to avoid scalping uneven areas. Thus, in the time of establishment, the grass grew up to about 2". I mowed two days ago, and ended up taking off too much blade in some spots. I would like to keep the 1/3'rd rule, but in order to do so (after the aggressive growth during the constant watering stage of establishment) I will have to keep the grass above the recommended 2" max height (probably 2-2.5" or so). It seems that I might need to look in to verticutting next spring, but what should I do for now?