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Any truth to this one???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by CT18fireman, Sep 17, 2008.

  1. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 611

    Was contacted today by the manager of a condo complex I have on a weekly cut and year round maintenance. One of the owners told him that it should not be cut on a Friday because the foot traffic over the weekend (people playing with kids, lounging etc) is more detrimental to the yard then if it was just left to be 5-7 or more inches long. I normally cut it weekly at 3.25 taking around an inch or so off. The lawn looks great as teh manager attested to but wanted to respond to this guy. Before I said anything to the manager I thought I would check in.

    What do you think?
  2. Dean of Green

    Dean of Green LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 254

    I have never heard of anything like that. Maybe this guy has Fridays off and just wants to sleep in.
  3. Genlandscape

    Genlandscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 185

    sounds like another one of those "Tufr experts" to me. We get alot of that around here, mostly retired folks who have been local for a long time and think they know all about how to care for their lawn. Also could be the case above, he just doesn't like the noise on Friday. If this is a large complex, the manager shouldn't have to worry about one resident when all others are satisfied. As far as your answer to the manager this would depend on turf type, and any evidence of damage caused by traffic over the weekend, any chance you could schedule service earlier in the week. this may make everyone happy.
  4. NJT

    NJT LawnSite Member
    Posts: 95

    That's ridiculous.
  5. billslawn89

    billslawn89 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,364

    do you bag the grass or mulch or side discharge...maybe they are mad about the grass clippings getting on themselves?
  6. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,372

    Tell the manager to buck up. Tell the manager to take the issue before the board and have a vote.

    When they decide they're going to change the day it can be mowed on, there's going to be at least 2 people that are going to be upset that it's no longer mowed on Friday so now it doesn't look as nice when the family comes over on the weekend.

    I hate townhomes, can you tell?

    As for the heavy foot traffic right after it's been mowed........ the guy's a moron.
  7. howierd3866

    howierd3866 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 348

    I dont know but I have heard the same thing...but again how many city parks I must mow on Friday just so it does look good for the weekend
  8. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,220

    When We have Customers that are smarter than we are...........

    We drop them
  9. CleanCutProLawn

    CleanCutProLawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 51

    Mowing on a Friday at a condo complex will hurt nothing, it is always better to keep the mowing height consistant. It will always be better to keep it around 3 - 3.5 inches rather than to have it taller. My fulltime job is at a golf course and we mow as much as possible on fridays for looks and also so the grass isnt so long by the time some of it gets remowed on monday or tuesday. That includes everything from Rough (mostly Blues) at 2.25" / Fairways (low mow blues) and tee boxes (low mow blues) at .625" and Greens (Bent - mainly L93) at .130" After a couple of hours all damaged cells in the grass plan from mowin have sealed up and the grass resumes normal growth. The only time this would make sense would be if the turf is under abnormal stress like drought or disease. And i will quit rambling now thank you.
  10. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,009

    IMO there might be a little truth to it, but is it ever really enough to be noticeable. It would have to be some amazing turf to be that concerned. Here's the thought: The grass is most sensitive the first 24-48 hours after the cut. It would have to be really hot to see damage I would imagine. Its kind of like if you cut your toe, then someone stomps on it a few times an hour later. If you cut your toe and someone stomps on it 3 days later it hurts a little less. I dont think it is a reason to be concerned. They cut professional ball fields all the time before games and they are a lot harder on them than some HOA lawn. As far as your answer to this guy tell him that he's right cause thats what he wants to hear, but also tell him that healthy turf is far more resistant to stress, then follow up with an aeration proposal at $200 per hour.

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