View Full Version : Scalp mow vs. low impact power raking for Spring wake up?

Exact Rototilling
02-20-2011, 03:01 PM
Ok....scalp mow say in the 1" - 1.5" range vs. using a power rake set at just above grass crowns? Not a true dethatching I know but people always want the brown dormant grass scrubbed out.

Correct me if my angle is incorrect - but my belief is that early spring scalping is the best time to mow low in regards to damage to the plant since it is just coming out of dormancy and the grass can recover quicker in the Spring than at any other time?


Also a little off topic is the issue of doing a low mow in the fall to prevent snow mold and disease in the turf? Purdue doesn't recommend this.

02-20-2011, 09:05 PM
we scap everything in the spring , just did 2100 lawns last week . apply a bit of fert and our season is off and running in 2 weeks

02-20-2011, 09:14 PM
XLS..do you have an extra 0 on that number?

02-20-2011, 09:25 PM
lol no , we cover from memphis to past knoxville in the state with 20 locations in the state and we cover northern alabama with 5 locations so its alot of lawns but its not alot per crew on the road. we work in high population subdivisions . We dont do to many 1 lawn stops most of our stops we average 5-9 and we have 1 location that has 500 lawns in one neigborhood and they spend all week parked at one corner .

02-20-2011, 09:27 PM
Wow! Im impressed

Exact Rototilling
02-20-2011, 10:20 PM
we scap everything in the spring , just did 2100 lawns last week . apply a bit of fert and our season is off and running in 2 weeks


What do you charge based on a regular mowing rate? X1.5, X2 or more? To compensate for extra drag and load on mower, belts, dinged up blades etc.


02-20-2011, 11:44 PM
So for a regular lawn that you cut for $25 per cut how much do you charge to scalp it? should you bag it?

02-21-2011, 12:41 PM
the way we do it is quite simple in theory we bill at the yard price plus $10.00 per dump of debris its about the same as 2 - 2.5 times the mowing price at a guess. As for wear and tear or walkers are dependable and it dont cause alot of extra wear overall but we do have a $14.00 recovery on each mower we opperate from a push mower to our 72'' mowers.
Stihl as for our $25.00 lawns understand it isnt normal for us to cut so cheap in most of our locations . At our inner city locations where we do have a $25.00 service minimum it would be on a 5000 sqft if gated under 4' wide ,7000 sqft property if fert. up to 10k if open with out a gate we would just have a $50.00 minimum on the job plus $10.00 per dump so on average $75.00 on the job