Planted grass seed 3 weeks ago. The grass is well over 6 inches; however, I read that I should wait 4 weeks before cutting.

Should I keep waiting?

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    I'd mow now, at 6" it's clearly getting established nicely. Many suggest never mowing more than 1/3 of the total grass height, so waiting longer at this point will cause added stress when you do mow.
    – Hart CO
    Commented Aug 8, 2017 at 23:53
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    The reason they say 4 weeks is to ensure the grass seedlings are well rooted into the soil, or there's a risk they'll be ripped out by the mower; hover mowers won't rip it out, but I don't think they're used much in the USA. Try a patch to see if it tears it out.
    – Bamboo
    Commented Aug 9, 2017 at 0:31
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    Just mowed, grass was great! I was able to get mower to about 4" which did a great job. Looks like a million bucks out there!
    – Shinobii
    Commented Aug 9, 2017 at 0:33

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Time to mow and wait no longer! Mow when the grass is dry with the sharpest blades you can make happen. Bag those clippings. And most importantly, do not mow any shorter than 3". Best is 3 1/2". If you wait any longer you'll be taking off so much of the blade you will stress your grass greatly and that you do not want to do especially for the virgin mow.

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