It can be very tempting to get the mowing height on the green down as quickly as possible when the new season starts.
However, the weather can be very unpredictable at this time of year with sudden and welcome warm spells being chased by almost winter conditions in a very short time frame. As a result there is a need for caution at this time of year when deciding on how quickly to reduce the mowing height on the green.
Performance Greens readers and regulars on this site will know that I generally recommend a mowing height of around 8mm through the winter months.
This should be reduced gradually to the summer height of 5mm with 4.5mm being the lowest recommended height for fine grasses.
At this time we can sometimes be enjoying temperatures that we will be lucky to see even in July, and with a deft change in the wind direction our little island can seem like a completely different place and we are plunged back into winter without notice.
Grass that has been chopped down quickly will suffer and I recommend that you stay up at 6mm even for opening day, aiming for 5mm in May, unless it’s snowing of course!