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buffalonick
01-02-2010, 03:55 AM
I know that in the front yard, where there isnt many obstacles along the edge of the lawn such as fences ect. you can easily stripe it. But in the back do most of you just do it in a circle type manner? Or is it still possible to stripe it?and if it is how? Just turn and use the reverse everytime? May sound stupid but im a newb and could use some help.

KS_Grasscutter
01-02-2010, 06:13 AM
In my area *most* back yards are decent sized. With the average lot size around 7k to 10k, most lawns are between 1/3rd front-2/3rd back to 2/3rd front-1/3rd back. Most of my back yards get striped, using the largest mower that will fit through the gate (21, 32, 48, 52). There are a couple that just get striped 1 or 2 ways because of odd shapes and whatnot. Then there are a couple that are so small it just simply doesn't matter.

santafe
01-02-2010, 09:43 AM
for your sake, i hope alc-greg does not find this thread.

ponyexpress976
01-02-2010, 11:12 AM
Im going to assume since you said use the reverse that you are using a standard homeowner garden tractor? Get rid of it and get a walk behind or zero turn as soon as you can afford it. Talk with your local dealers and see if they have any trades. I'm in the business for 13 years and have yet to purchase a single piece of major equipment brand new. You really can't go wrong with any of the major manufacturers. Even with a walk behind of similar deck size you will get more done in less time...and the stripe thing will take care of itself. As previously stated if the area is that small, it won't really matter...just keep the clippings out of the beds/pool and off walks/decks/siding. It sounds like "no sh*#" advice but so many fly by nighters do good work and then ruin the cut with this kind of garbage.

JB1
01-02-2010, 11:56 AM
we study the back yard, walk it, check it out maybe even measure it checking all the angles, checking GPS cordinate's and when everything checks out to our satisfaction, we start up the mower and let it rip.

Junior M
01-02-2010, 11:59 AM
we study the back yard, walk it, check it out maybe even measure it checking all the angles, checking GPS cordinate's and when everything checks out to our satisfaction, we start up the mower and let it rip.
I like to do this exact samething months ahead of time..

And use a GPS to get the straightest stripes possible..

Roger
01-02-2010, 12:03 PM
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And use a GPS to get the straightest stripes possible..

You use a GPS to make straight lines across a yard? Really? How?

Junior M
01-02-2010, 12:08 PM
You use a GPS to make straight lines across a yard? Really? How?
ancient chinese secret..

SangerLawn
01-02-2010, 01:28 PM
we study the back yard, walk it, check it out maybe even measure it checking all the angles, checking GPS cordinate's and when everything checks out to our satisfaction, we start up the mower and let it rip.

:laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh:

Bob_n_weave
01-02-2010, 04:14 PM
for your sake, i hope alc-greg does not find this thread.

His user name is not " Lawn Pro ", so he should be ok :laugh:

Omran&Turbo
01-02-2010, 10:24 PM
we study the back yard, walk it, check it out maybe even measure it checking all the angles, checking GPS cordinate's and when everything checks out to our satisfaction, we start up the mower and let it rip.

I smoke two packs and then call it off LOL. just kidding.

The Rookie
01-02-2010, 10:36 PM
weedeat first, then Make a round around all obstacles then stripe as best you can

anotherturfgeek
01-14-2010, 08:25 PM
:laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh:

Man, You guys don't use lasers? What losers!

STIHL GUY
01-14-2010, 09:49 PM
for me the back is usually bigger than the front.

lifetree
01-14-2010, 10:14 PM
for your sake, i hope alc-greg does not find this thread.

ROFLMAO ... !! :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

greenhorn01
05-04-2012, 02:29 AM
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greenhorn01
05-04-2012, 02:31 AM
wtf? Sigh. Fat thumbs on an iPhone. Sorry, didn't mean to reply to an ancient thread.
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cgaengineer
05-04-2012, 07:08 AM
I just skip the rear lawns and tell the customer to do it themselves.
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BigEd
05-05-2012, 05:51 PM
We use a mower to cut the backyards
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BigEd
05-05-2012, 05:53 PM
Sometimes even trim them. I know that sounds crazy.
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precision_lawns
05-05-2012, 06:19 PM
If your yard is less than an acre try using your trimmer to stripe it, it will be easy to get around obstacles and still make the lawn look professional

cgaengineer
05-05-2012, 08:00 PM
If your yard is less than an acre try using your trimmer to stripe it, it will be easy to get around obstacles and still make the lawn look professional

Live it!
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ShaneysLawnCare
05-05-2012, 10:59 PM
wait i must be behind times.....im still using a scissors for the trimming.....and deer on the yard.......shoot time to upgrade

dmolaver15
05-05-2012, 11:28 PM
am i the only one that uses napalm on backyards? i usually don't have to worry about how to cut that backyard until the following year after the first application