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yard_smart
06-15-2008, 12:08 PM
do you all trim then mow or mow then trim ???


I usually trim after im done but i notice it doesn't look good having a bunch of big clippings laying around . . . does this make sense?

railman
06-15-2008, 02:52 PM
I edge, trim, mow then blow. much cleaner look after im done. IMO

POPO4995
06-15-2008, 02:57 PM
We trim/edge, then mow. Unless we are running a 3 person crew...then there is trimming and mowing going on at the same time.

Big C
06-15-2008, 02:57 PM
For me it is determined by the height of the grass...if I roll up to a property and the grass is overgrown by three or more weeks...I trim/edge then cut so that I can mulch all of the excessive clippings when I cut, but for normal lawns I cut then trim/edge...that's just how I do it...

freshprince94
06-15-2008, 05:00 PM
When I do my accounts I mow, edge, trim, blow. At my job, there is 2 of us. I edge, he mows, I trim, then we both blow.

DBL
06-15-2008, 05:31 PM
the mowing crew is a 3 man crew it all happens at once...atleast its a big lawn they all cut then one cuts out early to trim

PHS
06-15-2008, 05:50 PM
I usually blow before and after. I do full landscape maintenance so I do any pruning, bed cleaning, etc first. Then edge/trim and lot of times I blow all the leftover leaves, twigs, and little green junk onto the lawn and just mulch it in when I cut. Then a quick blow to get the rest of the clippings from mowing. If I don't have the extra stuff to do then edge/trim, mow, blow.

iseegreen
06-15-2008, 06:23 PM
I switch it up every now and then. I usually mow first though. All my accounts are weekly so grass isnt to tall. The reason i mow first is cause if i trim first then when i drive my walker on the concrete where the clippings are it it turns concrete green and makes the grass stick and harder to blow. just my two cents

STIHL GUY
06-15-2008, 08:37 PM
i mow trim then blow

MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE
06-15-2008, 08:40 PM
There iz 3 of us,so it always drawing straws to get to go..........

lifetree
06-15-2008, 09:02 PM
Mow, trim and then blow !!

FDuce
06-16-2008, 11:27 AM
....I edge, he mows, I trim, then we both blow.

:laugh::laugh:

freshprince94
06-16-2008, 11:39 AM
:laugh::laugh:

Oh please, we're adults here.

Carolina Cuts
06-16-2008, 01:57 PM
I edge after cutting cause the mower always seems to push down the edges or fills them up with grass somewhere on the property..... OR the heavy mowers seem to press down the edging dirt/debris onto the sidewalks......but I'm just picky.

jason9696
06-16-2008, 07:29 PM
For me it is determined by the height of the grass...if I roll up to a property and the grass is overgrown by three or more weeks...I trim/edge then cut so that I can mulch all of the excessive clippings when I cut, but for normal lawns I cut then trim/edge...that's just how I do it...

Ditto Sir :)

k911lowe
06-16-2008, 07:31 PM
I edge, trim, mow then blow. much cleaner look after im done. IMO

ditto for me.a much more pro looking job.i think.

MileHigh
06-16-2008, 07:36 PM
For me it is determined by the height of the grass...if I roll up to a property and the grass is overgrown by three or more weeks...I trim/edge then cut so that I can mulch all of the excessive clippings when I cut, but for normal lawns I cut then trim/edge...that's just how I do it...

There it is right there

shepoutside
06-16-2008, 07:47 PM
I use to edge, trim, blow then mow, as I had walkers!! Now its mow, edge/trim then blow as I've switch to mow 'n go.

hackitdown
06-16-2008, 07:53 PM
2 guys, 2 mowers, 2 trimmers, 2 blowers. Mow, trim, blow, go. Usually only one guy blows, while the other (me) secures everything to the trailer...and then sits in the a/c.

billslawn89
06-16-2008, 10:04 PM
I edge, trim, mow then blow. much cleaner look after im done. IMO

same here! edge sideways, driveway, landscape beds then take string trimmer, mow then blow everything clean! :dancing:

andyslawncare
06-16-2008, 10:12 PM
we mow as a guy edges and trims. whoever finishes first grabbs a blower, the guy trimming grabbs a blower and I'll spray flower beds, do book work/calls, and talk with clients/neigbors.

Turf Gnome
06-17-2008, 08:39 PM
Ditto Railman, Trim/Edge/Mow/Blow

milkie62
06-19-2008, 01:28 AM
I have about 40 minutes of trimming and I hate it so I do it first to get it out of the way then I can relax on the zero turn for 1 hr.

railman
06-19-2008, 01:36 AM
I have about 40 minutes of trimming and I hate it so I do it first to get it out of the way then I can relax on the zero turn for 1 hr.

thats a long time to be in one yard. how big is the yard?

zemzabob
06-19-2008, 08:33 AM
I like the old "trim mow edge blow" method

yard_smart
06-19-2008, 10:23 AM
we mow as a guy edges and trims. whoever finishes first grabbs a blower, the guy trimming grabbs a blower and I'll spray flower beds, do book work/calls, and talk with clients/neigbors.

What do you mean spray flower beds :confused:

milkie62
06-20-2008, 12:11 PM
The yard is broken up with beds and retaining walls all around the house.The only thing that keeps me going back is the $260 for 2hs of work--not including unload and load times though

railman
06-26-2008, 08:57 AM
The yard is broken up with beds and retaining walls all around the house.The only thing that keeps me going back is the $260 for 2hs of work--not including unload and load times though

if that's the case then i would 2hrs work for 260 dollars. not bad

Mowbizz
06-26-2008, 04:28 PM
One man operation here....MOW, TRIM, BLOW and GO!:drinkup:

green-pa
06-26-2008, 11:09 PM
I usually mow, trim, blow. Now if it's going to make a mess or if the grass is really tall, I may go ahead and trim first so that the mower will mulch it a bit and send it out, leaving a better look.

milkie62
06-27-2008, 08:20 AM
40 minutes of trimming at 1 stop keeps my waist in shape and the country tunes on the muffs keeps it from getting to boring

mtwcutt
06-27-2008, 09:51 AM
Mow, Edge, Trim, Blow. Last night I tried again to Edge, Trim, Mow, Blow but it seems to take allot longer?? I tend to trim more than I have to when I trim first.

yard_smart
06-27-2008, 10:30 AM
WOW i had my helper do my resi accounts with me yesterday ( he normally only helps me on one huge account i have ) and we were done in almost half the time!!!!!!

STIHL GUY
06-27-2008, 10:40 PM
i feel that if i trim first i may end up trimming more than i need to or not enough so i usually mow first

bigclawnman
06-27-2008, 11:01 PM
I usually mow, edge, blow and go. I get what I can with the mower, then come back with the trimmer.

Lil'MowinMan93
06-27-2008, 11:11 PM
I used to trim/edge then mow then blow. But i started to cut trim/edge then blow becaiuse then at the next house i hop on the mower and cut instead of trimming. Either way just my opinion.

freshprince94
06-29-2008, 12:02 PM
I have tried edging, mowing, trimming, and blowing lately and that seems to go a little bit faster.

coopmaster
06-29-2008, 12:16 PM
One man crew here. I usually trim, mow then blow. This can vary depending on the situation.

freshprince94
06-30-2008, 09:25 AM
I'm also gonna try trimming first, I have had problems with clippings and such.

Wayne's Lawn Service
06-30-2008, 09:37 AM
Mowing first will reduce your trimming time if you are working alone. If you trim first, you may have a tendency to trim more than you need too.

If you have two or more people on a crew, have your mower operator take a perimeter pass so the person doing the weed eating knows what needs to be done for the same reason above.

It's the little things that all add up.

CLL Lawn and Landscaping
07-01-2008, 10:18 PM
We have 3 man crews. For the bigger properties we do I bring a 4th guy. With the 3 man crews, we have one guy trim, one edge, and one mow and blow (they rotate). The mower operator is required to mow all the areas that don't require trimming first and isn't allowed to mow an area with trimming until it has been trimmed. This is done to ensure that the clippings from trimming are mulched. I think this is a cleaner look.

But, on our larger properties, everything goes on at the same time. If needed, the guys are supposed to double cut the trimmings to mulch them into the lawn.

xxl
07-03-2008, 08:37 PM
mow frist that way if i miss with the mower i can get it with the trimmer

Lil'MowinMan93
07-03-2008, 09:29 PM
couldn't agree more xxl.

Grass Happens
07-03-2008, 09:40 PM
When i do for me, i always mow first,just because i never thought to do it the other way. but at my day-job, we have something like 12 man-hours of trimming, so that's an on-going project. I always hate to do predictive trimming...

Dynamic
07-03-2008, 09:44 PM
We have one guy that just trims, and we always trim before we cut as the grass cuttings from a timmer are different then the ones from a mower. After trimming we can cut the trimmings with the mower making everything look even.

freshprince94
07-07-2008, 07:20 PM
I have started edging, trimming, mowing, blowing. I've discovered that it is faster, and looks nicer this way. Thanks guys!

bigclawnman
07-07-2008, 11:09 PM
We typically edge and trim all properties every visit that we mow. So there is not a big difference in the trimming clippings from the mowing clippings.

Wayne's Lawn Service
07-08-2008, 09:05 AM
If you are by yourself, mow first. You will possibly increase production. When we first started mowing in 1979, we trimmed first but quickly found out that we were doing too much trimming. If you mow first, you will know exactly how much trimming will be required.

If you have mowing and trimming going on at the same time based on crew size, have the mowing people take a perimeter pass so the people doing the trimming know how much to trim.

That's my experience.