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A single blade of grass????

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by HB Lawn, Sep 2, 2005.

  1. HB Lawn

    HB Lawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 199

    Every lawn I look at seems to have these single blades of grass sticking up all over, what is the cause of this? Is doesn't matter if the person used a push mower or a comm. one. It doesn't matter if the mower has new blades or used ones. It doesn't matter if the person is mulching or just blowing out thru the discharge chute. WHY?

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,138

    Fast speeds, dull blades, thick turf.
  3. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Platinum Member
    from zone 6
    Posts: 4,228

    Add uncontrolled airflow and improper deck pitch and or baffling along with improper N fertilization.
  4. Fubba

    Fubba LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 356

    One word...bahia
  5. Supertiger

    Supertiger LawnSite Member
    Posts: 189

    Bahia, July, August. oh i forgot one Dallas grass too. every year at this time me and my partner complain about dull vs. sharp fresh blades, but no more it just the time of year you have to mow parts of the yard twice to get it all cut doun.
  6. DSIM

    DSIM LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 440

    your probably talking about St Augustine grass, aren't you? Not matter what type of blade of mower you use on it, your going to have straglers. Maybe high lifts and a bagger would be the best method to rid the lawn of these but I've never had a customer complain about it. I have looked at the property across the street and the grass looks the same after it was cut from their lco.
  7. HB Lawn

    HB Lawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 199

    Yes I,m talking about St. Augustine grass. Yeah, all the lawns look good when their done, it's just that I happen to really noticed it when I cut one customer's lawn and then went to cut the lawn right behind it,which happens to have a five feet high wall between them, and I just happen to look up and that's when I seen all those single blades of grass sticking up. It looked ugly No customer complaints to date.
  8. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,192

    When cutting St Augustine it seems almost impossible, we have one customer that is constantly on us about this problem. We did note that you have to watch the blower guy because he can cause even more problem is he blows around in the lawn.
  9. Killswitch

    Killswitch LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 438

    Its time to cut.

  10. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,995

    That is strange. I don't have that problem with our st augustine lawns. Unless of course I am cutting with dull blades (rarely happens) or am trying to cut way too fast (rarely happens).

    We use newly sharpened blades daily and on our 1/2 bahia day we change them after the bahia is done. No problems. In mixed yards we have to slow down for the bahia patches or they stick up 1/2 to 3/4 inch higher.

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