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Old 05-21-2005, 12:01 AM
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What would you do?

I have a new 1 1/2 acre account. The lawn is flat with only a handfull of trees. When I picked up the account, I was told that it would not be nessicary to bag the clippings. They only want the lawn mowed every 7 days, but this time of year and with fertilizer (that I applied) it's growing like crazy. I have been bagging it up to this point but it takes a much longer time to bag. This account is an older couple which is also my neibghbor, so I want the lawn to look good. Should I just discharge the clippings even though there are a lot of them. I don't want to double cut. If needed, I can dump the clippings in the woods. So, what should I do, bag or not bag until the lawn slows down, what would you do?
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Old 05-21-2005, 12:04 AM
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Sounds to me like....

-you did not get anything in writing as far as the customers expectations

-you allowed the customer to tell you how to do your job

-you did not get a contract

-you're getting screwed

Sorry that's just the way I see it based on your post.

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Old 05-21-2005, 12:10 AM
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There's just no way I would bag an acre and a half. That's a little much, don't you think?
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Old 05-21-2005, 12:11 AM
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Well I would keep baggin and cut down on all that fert.

You don't want one of your accounts to look bad. Can you mulch it, might speed things up. BTW im curious about your Toro wb how do you like it and how is the cut quality?
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Old 05-21-2005, 12:23 AM
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I have a few that are like this and I don't bag any of them.

This depends of course where you live.
--I cut my fast growing lawns at 3.5 or 3.75" (normally 3.0-3.25") and leave the debris chute open. Use the regualr pattern back and forth.
If you can leave the heavy stuff for a while let it sit in the sun and dry if you can. When the lawn is done, raise your blade .5" and double cut it. I use a cross hatch pattern or go over the same tracks. Either way, you should be able to deperse the cuttings unless they are really wet.
If you can afford to feed it, you can afford to pay me to cut it.
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Old 05-21-2005, 01:00 AM
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you'll get in there and cut more frequently is what you'll do, and you'll tell 'em you got "finish-mowers" not a brushhog and tractor - is reason you'll be cutting more frequently.

we wouldnt bag none of it, cut every 4-5 days if necessary.

(why'd you fertilize them so heavily, anyway, if you weren't going to be cutting more frequently ? )
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Old 05-21-2005, 05:52 AM
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Gator blades, chute open and let the clippings dry. Then go over them again at 90 degrees. You don't really have to raise the deck in my opinion.
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Old 05-21-2005, 08:38 AM
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IMO, you really don't have a choice but to double cut. Bagging would take twice a long as double cutting. And I usually find that, not the whole lawn needs to be double cut.
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