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Old 05-22-2012, 04:58 PM
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Empire Zoysia 1.5" with Tru-cut

For you guys cutting zoysia @ 4"

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Old 05-22-2012, 05:41 PM
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Looks nice Diamond.
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:53 PM
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Looks nice Diamond.
Thx Mike...it needs to be leveled in a lot of areas though. the spray company who is supposed to be slaying the weeds isnt doing that either. I told the owner to fire them, but they are cheaper.....you know how that goes.
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:57 PM
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Thx Mike...it needs to be leveled in a lot of areas though. the spray company who is supposed to be slaying the weeds isnt doing that either. I told the owner to fire them, but they are cheaper.....you know how that goes.
I have one that looks damn good being cut at 2.75 right now.....I have thought about posting a picture but a portion of the lawn is still recovering from mole cricket damage. When it gets recovered I will post a photo, I think you will like the looks of it. It is a shame because the rest of the lawn is dense and perfect...damn mole crickets.
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Old 05-26-2012, 08:12 PM
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That's a nice looking lawn. I have a couple of questions though. I have a client who just installed Empire Zoysia a few weeks back and I've been cutting it at 3-1/4", is this too high? Also, they've developed one or two brown areas and the install company is telling the client it's from me leaving clippings on the lawn, I don't run a mulching blade, is this possible or are they just trying to pass the buck?
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:13 PM
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That's a nice looking lawn. I have a couple of questions though. I have a client who just installed Empire Zoysia a few weeks back and I've been cutting it at 3-1/4", is this too high? Also, they've developed one or two brown areas and the install company is telling the client it's from me leaving clippings on the lawn, I don't run a mulching blade, is this possible or are they just trying to pass the buck?
Yes, 3.25 is way too high. For empire you can cut at 2", but if you can do 1.5-1.75" while not scalping or having it look like crap, do that. If you are using a rotary you should be using a 21" with a bagger. Don't mulch or discharge, the clippings need to be collected. How long ago was it installed? It could be scalped areas or dog urine. Doubt it's fungus as that usually shows up in winter and if it literally just installed then thatch buildup would probably not be the case.
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:17 PM
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Oh yea, make sure the blade is SHARP before each cut.
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Old 05-26-2012, 11:15 PM
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Anything taller than 1.5" on warm seaon grass is too high! looks good diamond.
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Old 05-27-2012, 12:32 AM
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Nice. That picture says a lot. I know Florida is the low baller's paradise. But, do you know any low ballers running a reel on their lawns? I get the shocked looks from transplants when I tell them what it normally costs to have their lawn mowed. Big difference between the fine cut of a reel and shredding a 1/4 acre lawn with a rotary.

A long time ago, I heavily modified my 21" rotary to cut bermuda and zoysia with a semi acceptable finish. The four wheels were removed and the mower rode on 3" rollers. The blade was sharpened on an oilstone every other cut. This was just for my own lawn. Someone in the business would have to have as many blades as they had stops that day and sharpen each one before re using them. In that context, a reel is not that bad. Recently, I found that a 1/2" band file is the best tool for re cutting the relief on reel blades without having to put the mower on a $10,000 machine. If there is a relief angle on the reel, you are able to backlap and run the mower with slight contact between the blades. Let someone grind off all the relief and you have a mower that must be set for zero contact, as well as not being self sharpening.
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Old 05-27-2012, 12:40 AM
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Around here greedoc I can get a grind for $80...$50 for a backlap...I need to get the stuff to do my own backlap so I don't have to take it in.
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