Blowing excess clippings??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Hiltairm, Apr 15, 2014.

  1. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    You go back over it with the deck all the way up at full speed. It mixes the excess grass in. I've done it with grass more than a couple feet tall.
     
  2. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
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    1) why are there long weeds on the edge/trim of your lawn in the first place… spray them man!

    2) ever heard of a rake? kind of annoys me everyone always expects the ,a chines to do everything perfectly…. think? no! work? Oh my gosh no!

    3) just mow that strip again and mulch up dem weeds.
     
  3. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
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    This is very true… Deck in transport mode.

    I used to do this with long grass on lawns.
    Before that it was always wandering the lawn with back packs to disperse excess clippings… then I figured out you could just do with the the deck, as long as you were still cutting at the same height… otherwise you just chum up the clippings into more smushy mow muffins.

    typically if you have excess clippings don't fret.
    Finish the lawn.
    Trim it, give clippings a little time to dry (they desiccate pretty quickly when cut) Then recut the lawn (or only specific areas) with the deck in 4.5" or transport mode and voila! smooth and nice.
     
  4. redmax fan

    redmax fan LawnSite Bronze Member
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    good point about letting dry then recutting . i cut front once then do back once so front is drying , then cut front again while back is drying . just this 10 / 15 minutes drying time helps
     
  5. Caddyshack Lawn Care

    Caddyshack Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    I try to get it back in the yard. But you can't fight the wind. If there's even a little breeze going the opposite direction, that's the direction I blow.
     
  6. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    IMHO if your not bothering to bag you should have a full mulch kit installed. Everybody here mulches, no long clippings and no dispersal issues.
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  7. Hiltairm

    Hiltairm LawnSite Member
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    I mulch also. Gator blades installed. When I edge some of my properties... They don't exactly have the best grass. Weeds mostly. Edging will leave more overgrown weeds on the sidewalks. That's the extra stuff I'm talking about.
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  8. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    That's fine if you're area doesn't get crazy spring growth.

    We do. We discharge in spring. Mulch through summer
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  9. TuffTurfLawnCare

    TuffTurfLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
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    Around here, bagging is very common. No matter what the benefit and how you explain it alot of people dont want it mulched at all. I either discharge or bag. As for clippings, ALWAYS ALWAYS clean the hard surfaces, including the street. Either blow it, mulch it, bag it or sweep it. Always leave the job better than when you arrived including the street infront of the house. I'm positive i would be getting calls for leaving grass behind if I did it. But I couldn't imagine doing it, the thought of leaving them on the street never crossed my mind as it looks sloppy and lazy when you pull away.

    When I pull away, I want it to look better than the neighbor who blows them into the street. or even the other LCO who left them. Last year every thursday, I would pull up to my clients house, and the neighbors clippings would be in the street. Once I was early, and saw it was another LCO who was doing it. Everytime I went to blow the clippings from my clients yard, I would walk over and blow off the clippings from the neighbors yard. I now have another client this year.

    You made the mess. Clean up after yourself.
     
  10. Caddyshack Lawn Care

    Caddyshack Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    :clapping: When I get anywhere near mulch beds I have to close the side discharge. Even mowing most lawns every 3-4 days there's still a tremendous amount of clumping that goes on because of the spring growth. I'm glad you mentioned that.
     

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