View Full Version : Holy **** the grass is long here in Ohio!

05-10-2000, 11:02 PM
I've been doing lawn care for about 10 years and this is the fastest grass growing I have ever seen. Taking off 6 to 10 inches at a time with many lawns around and or over a foot of growth in one week. Is anyone else experiencing this?

John DiMartino
05-10-2000, 11:10 PM
I have noticed the same thing-I think its a result of the bad drought last year+ the wicked T-storms we are getting are adding a lot of N to the rain water,fertilizing it more than we want<p>----------<br>John D<br>

05-10-2000, 11:12 PM
Here in E. Tennessee we are mowing the tallest grass ever! We almost have to mow some accounts twice a week.

Eric ELM
05-10-2000, 11:30 PM
We have had a lot of lightning with storms in Illinois too, so the grass is growing big time here. <p>----------<br>&lt;a href=&quot;http://pages.prodigy.net/eric.erickson/&quot;&gt;Eric@ELM&lt;/a&gt;<br>

05-10-2000, 11:34 PM
im in michigan and the grass grows so fast two days later you cant tell its been cut. Wow!!! i have never seen this before.

05-11-2000, 12:45 PM
MR PLOW-<p>Same thing here in NE Ohio (Medina County - 25 min south of cleve.) I was thinking of trying to convince my customers to go on about a 4 day cycle while the growing season is like this. <p>Mike<br>Greenkeepers

AGG Lawn Maintenance
05-11-2000, 01:16 PM
Just went to check on my guys. Its seem like we are all in the same boat. We had to double cut a couple of lawns today. I guess the grass is making up for the drought we had last year in New Jersey. The grass should start to slow down once the Temperture says consistently hot.<br>Travis<br>AG&G Lawn Maintenance

05-11-2000, 02:09 PM
Go ahead,rub it in...<p>----------<br>DON<br>LIANNES' MOWING

05-11-2000, 05:54 PM
In Indiana its growing crazy too..Its been a real pain trying to schedule cuttings..from once a week to about every five days...Maybe this will make some of my customers go to the monthly contract instead of per cutting...

05-11-2000, 06:43 PM
You guys better enjoy it while it last. We always get an earlier start than you here in the south. But the drought usualy hits here first. The grass has about 2 weeks to live here and then we start reading its last rites. 90 degree temps and no rain combo. I saw on the news last night that we are in the same weather conditions as last year. The top weather losers disagree about the end of La nina and even if it ended today the drought will continue the rest of the summer. So there nanananana:)

05-11-2000, 07:33 PM
Normal growth for me here in Green Bay. Seven day cycle still. Actually its slow and today it finally rained for about 1 hour. Didn't mow in it, went to Wendys and learned a valueable lesson - refrain from the onions if you plan on mowing after lunch.

05-11-2000, 07:44 PM
I'm gonna have to take a trip up North and see what it is ya'll are talking about..........6&quot;!!!!!!!!! Centipede could grow for a month and never hit 6&quot;, only bahai stalks. Ya'll act like double cutting is a crime or something......get in bahai after 2 weeks of growth,when it rains of course, and you'll have to triple or quadruple cut it! I need to see this grass of yours. I bet it's easy to cut too!<p>Homer

05-11-2000, 08:31 PM
Send some of it to North Carolina we are drying up fast here.

05-11-2000, 09:08 PM
I am here on the west side of Cleveland and the lawns are out of control. If I can ever catch up with these lawns I will put people on a five day cycle. We had more rain yesterday and today. It's real fun trying to mow grass that is 10-12 inches long and wet. This is nuts!

05-11-2000, 09:33 PM
No different up here in Ontario. Been working 7am-10pm every day that it doesn't rain. Went to the double-blade system and raised our decks to 3 1/8&quot; and still have to double-cut most lawns. This is our 10th year and a number of our customers have been with us since the first year, this is without a doubt the fastest growing, longest grass we've ever had to cut. <p>----------<br>Dave in S.Ontario<br>www.cutntrim.com

05-11-2000, 10:24 PM
I'm from the west side of Cleveland, had another bad day. I did one yard today that normally grows a lot and this thing was outta control and no **** just for kicks I measured how much I was taking off, 14 inches when measured next the to path I just cut!

05-11-2000, 10:48 PM
MRPLOW:<br>I'm in So. Ohio and the same thing, I can't keep up with the growth. Check out the discussion from a few days ago on double cutting. Lawrence Stone says we've all made poor equipment decisions because we have to double cut. I guess I didn't bow to the Toro God enough.<br>I'm starting to wonder who is in this business and who is just a computer nut.

05-11-2000, 10:50 PM
Same in CT. Lots of rain, then 3 days in the 90s made lawns look as if they went two weeks without mowing.<p>Enjoy it while it lasts, drought will hit early this year.<p>Bill

05-11-2000, 11:16 PM
Hey Homer, I'd like to see that skinny <br>grass also. I'll ride with you. That <br>will give me a chance to chek out that <br>Big Bad Dodge.<p>----------<br>Bobby <br>Ft Lauderdale

Eric ELM
05-11-2000, 11:25 PM
I just got in from mowing all day and as some have said, this is rediculous. I have been cutting grass that has a weeks growth and it's over the top of my front tires. Last week it was cut at 3&quot;, but now it looks like it hadn't been cut for a month. I wish I had at least 30 HP now. It rained today again after last night's rain and tonight we are expecting more, tomorrow it could rain most of the day again. Do you southern guys need some work?<p>----------<br>&lt;a href=&quot;http://pages.prodigy.net/eric.erickson/&quot;&gt;Eric@ELM&lt;/a&gt;<br>

05-12-2000, 12:15 AM
Boy I am glad to see I am not the only one up to our knees in grass!! I have one customer that i am cutting every three days, and it takes 3 of us 7 hours, so it is hard to keep up on all others as well. A freind of mine that does my fert. recommended trying a product i heard about on an eirlier post, a chemical that will slow down the growth for 4-6 weeks. I think I am going to try it on some of my seosonal accounts. Sure it will cost me, but not as much labor or wear on our equipment and it will free up some time. What do you guys think?

05-12-2000, 01:42 AM
yeah Buddy!<br>I haven't been able to log on but about every other day cuz too busy keepimg up!!!!!<br>It's amazing- I've never had this much growth, & most of my lawns are NOT fertilized. About 10 days growth each week; I'm very thankful. Had a number of customers ask me to &quot;cut it shorter this time&quot;, like I was doing it on purpose! They wouldn't pay to have it done every 5 days like the rest of their neighbors mow their own anyways.<br>I just hope it keepsup for awhile! :)<p>----------<br>Smitty ô¿ô<br>

05-12-2000, 01:47 AM
Bobby, when do you want to go? I think they're pulling our leg! Grass don't grow that fast, only weeds, or bahai. <p>The Dodge will get us there pretty cheap too. I think I'll bring my Choppers and try to help these boys out, got room for yours too!<p>Homer

05-12-2000, 08:17 AM
OH YES IT DOES!!! It's crazinesss up here!!!

05-12-2000, 08:42 AM
I think I remember this is the almost the same situation we had last year. I remember it being dry at the end of may here. Suppose to hit 95 here this weekend. That high off the coast is moving slowly farther south so the hot dry weather will shift farther north. No rain is in sight here even next week. And to think this use to be a tropical area. Even though I am ahead of last year. I think I may go job hunting next week hehe. Either that or waite and lose alot of dough like last year. If strange because we were getting regular intervals of rain 3 weeks ago and then it dried up realy fast. Which leads me to believe that the water tables are very low still.

05-13-2000, 10:05 PM
Yesterday we cut a new baseball diamond job we just got, the grass was from 6 to 14&quot; high it was a real mess. As we were filling up with fuel after cutting it started to rain, we got 4 1/2&quot; of rain last night. Now the ball diamond is flooded under 2 feet of water but I bet it still looks good. We were just talking to the rec member that voted to get us to cut it and she was so happy that we got it cut before the rain then I had to tell her that it was under 2 feet of water so practice was cancelled anyway. Maybe they can play water polo for a few days.

05-14-2000, 07:15 AM
FINALLY..................We got some rain last night, the high was 101, thought I was losing it........rain, hail, and lightning. That should help out a little with the dust problems. Blew my son's trampoline out into the field about 100 yards, scatterd poles and springs everywhere! Now they say its gonna dry right back up, I'll take whatever the man wants to give us.......3 weeks with unseasonally high temps is enough!<p>Homer

05-14-2000, 09:23 PM
I thought it was my imagination but i guess most everbodies in same boat <br>We have been double cutting ever lawn which on average are 1.5 acre . Sure puts a wrench in to the schedule . around here if we show up before 7 days they think your trying to steal there first born

05-15-2000, 10:13 PM
Over 4&quot; of rain so far this month in nothern Vermont. Grass is out of control. On a 7 day cycle I'm taking off 4 inches or more, cutting at 2 1/2&quot;. Got into one today that the homeowner started out doing himself, until his tractor broke. He usually mows it himself through May, then gets sick of it and calls us for the rest of the season. Today it appeared to hav been mowed once, all over, and started a second time, probably Saturday. I was taking off close to 8&quot;, grass was as tall as the front wheels on tehe Lazer. Had to go slow, ran out of horsepower, even with the 25 Kohler. Sure do love those double blades though, even with all the clippings it looked good as they were spread out evenly. I can't hardly keep up with the grass and I've got topsoil dropped on three jobs that are in line for renovation. Busy is nice,, up to a point.

05-20-2000, 10:23 AM
you guys should be up here in NY, it rains all the time it seems and the grass is growing fast as heck.....I have people asking me to come twice a week and complaining about the clippings etc...<br>One lawn I mowed in three differant directions just to get it knocked down & looking OK<br>I have one contract that I mow every two weeks and I went down there to do it and the grass was as tall as the weight bar on the front of my Z-master .....If I tried to bag it I wouldn't even get across the lawn once before it was full.....I'm hoping for the drought to kick in up here LOL( I could use a day off!!!) and even if it rains there's still stringtrimming,upkeep etc...

05-20-2000, 11:04 AM
We were in the same boat here in VA last month. This month 0.01&quot; rain total.