Blowing against the Wind

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Landscape89, Aug 19, 2007.

  1. Landscape89

    Landscape89 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 237

    How do you guys approach this? I was doing regular lawn maintenance for 4 houses today and the winds were going at 30-40 MPH, but the lawns were so long they had to get done. AWFUL!! :realmad: I tried Blowing the opposite way the wind was going, that didnt work too well. So I tried my best to clean up as much as possible as tough of a day it was. A few hours after finishing for the day, I thought of possibly blowing everything from the curb and driveway onto the lawn before mowing and then sucking it up with the mower? Im sure to you guys wind is a nightmare as well. Just wanted to see everyones thoughts. Thanks for any info!
     
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    I love windy days for grass cutting, that just means I don't have to blow down afterwards, thou 30-40mph I think would keep me at home...? I don't know, must've been pretty tall stuff, I usually do 2-3 perimeter runs with the chute facing in (to the inside of the lawn), that creates an outline of a border so then I can cut the rest any which way I want and a whole lot less crap blows onto the streets and drive / walk ways.

    In the end you just do the best you can, it's all you can do.

    Doing leaves on a windy day are another story, don't get me started :laugh:
     
  3. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,085

    I do like topsites does & make a couple passes inward first. If there's grass on the street, drive, or sidewalk I just drive along w/ the pto engaged & blow as much as possible back onto the lawn. I also sometimes hold the handheld blower in my right band while using the mower & have double the power. If there's a lot of heavy stuff or wet stuff, I've found the BR600 works best on its own.
     
  4. tjsquickcuts

    tjsquickcuts LawnSite Senior Member
    from Atlanta
    Posts: 943

    Well I hate when the winds are swirling....like friday....Lucky most of my lawns are 2.5 to 3 inches and are cut weekly so debris is minimal.....But nevertheless, edging always puts grass on the streets and drive ways....I just try my best to get it on the grass, and then blow it around....sometimes its not all that easy, and have me wishing I had a bagger....and the bad thing with me, we have a lot of neighborhoods where we have a bunch of homes in a row....But we try our best to make sure the curb is clean, and even have to clean off a few other curbs because of flying grass....

    What I hate is when I make a pass on the mower and the shoot is facing the wind direction......
     
  5. Accu-cut Lawn Care

    Accu-cut Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,206

    Use windy days to your advantage while cleaning up. Just blow downwind. It may piss off the neighbors; but if its blowing 40mph, the clippings are going to end up in another zipcode.
     
  6. Landscape89

    Landscape89 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 237

    I hear ya.. Trying your best to clean up after a lawn maintenance job is one thing when its windy, but when your doing a fall clean up it can become one aggrivating day very quickly no matter how hard you try! :dizzy:
     
  7. KTO Enterprises

    KTO Enterprises LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,286

    It seems like the wind does that more than anything during oak leaf season here.

    Nothing like getting a nice line of leaves headed in one direction with the wind and all of a sudden the wind turns around and comes at you messing the whole works up.
     
  8. Woody82986

    Woody82986 LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 2,128

    Nothing pisses me off quicker in this business than windy days and having to blow against the wind. There is almost nothing you can do about it and it sucks. It's like mother nature is bored and wants to laugh a little watching me try to blow something the way I need it to blow and she just laughs and blows a little harder against me... haha
     
  9. KingOfCupCar20

    KingOfCupCar20 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 60

    windy days suck i just blow as best i can and if there are still a few blades, no big deal since with the crazy wind that is going, that stuff will be blown away 20 min after you leave the site
     
  10. S man

    S man LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,562

    A real pain is when blowing after a small lawn and have the wind blow the grass on to mr. pickey's yard.
     

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