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Old 07-02-2013, 03:06 AM
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Any Ideas why the "diamonds" aren't popping out or defined? My thought is it looks pretty dry though we have been getting crazy amounts of rainfall. It is a tall fescue and cut at 4.25'' the next cut was at 4.5''. This yard has been neglected as you can tell by the shrubbery. It has some clover and just about anything you can find in a southern yard where they want a cut and no turf maintenance.
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Old 07-02-2013, 06:00 AM
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Whats your deck pitched at?? Its not a bobcat is it?
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:16 AM
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Whats your deck pitched at?? Its not a bobcat is it?
It is an 1/8" higher in the rear and no it is not a bobcat.
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:59 AM
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It is an 1/8" higher in the rear and no it is not a bobcat.
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lol well not being a bobcat is the biggest prob, just kidding, your pitch is right, the longer you cut it the better it will stripe, i dunno what the guy was thinkin that said to cut it shorter
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:18 AM
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You probably have a picture of a professional baseball field in your mind when you're comparing your patterning vs. what you're trying to get.

The "lines" you may be hoping for occur because the turf is literally rolled flat in different directions. The significantly smaller footprint your mower leaves in an attempt to create the same effect is incomparable.

Perspective is everything: The elevated vantage point you captured these pictures shows a pretty harsh view of the lawn and many of its imperfections. Also consider the size of the lawn, vs. the size of the mower's footprint to reemphasize the point above; Take the upper right hand quarter of the lawn in the picture. If the entire front yard was only that large, the effect would appear a lot closer to what I imagine you had in mind.

For what it's worth to you, the obvious, deliberate variation in your mow lines coupled with the fact you'd post this question on a forum in the first place are a testament to your professionalism. That customer is lucky to have you.
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:03 AM
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Probably cut too short.

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Old 07-02-2013, 09:32 AM
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Probably cut too short.
When is 4.25" too short for tall fescue mixed with a lot of weeds?
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:31 AM
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You probably have a picture of a professional baseball field in your mind when you're comparing your patterning vs. what you're trying to get.

The "lines" you may be hoping for occur because the turf is literally rolled flat in different directions. The significantly smaller footprint your mower leaves in an attempt to create the same effect is incomparable.

Perspective is everything: The elevated vantage point you captured these pictures shows a pretty harsh view of the lawn and many of its imperfections. Also consider the size of the lawn, vs. the size of the mower's footprint to reemphasize the point above; Take the upper right hand quarter of the lawn in the picture. If the entire front yard was only that large, the effect would appear a lot closer to what I imagine you had in mind.

For what it's worth to you, the obvious, deliberate variation in your mow lines coupled with the fact you'd post this question on a forum in the first place are a testament to your professionalism. That customer is lucky to have you.
The neighborhood is one of those where everything has to be kept up, prefer the grass cut on x day even they are mainly weeds, etc. I understand cool season and warm season grasses are different ad lay down differently. I also know that the amount of light and angle matters too. I know their are a few things to take into consideration, but not much you do with a neglected and weed infested yard I guess.
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:46 AM
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it's hard to stripe clover and weeds...

Here is one we do that is basically the same way, and cut at 3"!!! ugh...
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:48 PM
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it's hard to stripe clover and weeds...

Here is one we do that is basically the same way, and cut at 3"!!! ugh...
Here is 2 I did today both was full clover I thought they stripe really nice This cutting at 2.5 inches
2nd pic is a 4 acre lawn that is rough even on my 3372 spring forks and air ride seat
My 3372 I check this morning was still set at 1/2 forward pitch. I have no stripe kit on it either
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