It seems that many of us have been in this position recently, including myself. I wish manufacturers would allow for higher HOCs (e.g. beyond 4.5) on mowers.probasestealer said:I was gone for 8 days, cut easily half the height of the lawn on Saturday with my mower at the tallest setting. The lawn had to be cut again today, the clippings were so thick I had to bag.
I don't think I did any harm breaking the 1/3 rule
I had to bag as well (had to empty 8 times). I am expecting some yellowing, but I am confident that the color will recover quickly.
I think the key is that the 1/3 rule shouldn't be violated often, but once in a while won't break the lawn.