Brown Stripes

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by watatrp, Jul 6, 2001.

  1. watatrp

    watatrp LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 496

    Does anyone have a good logical explanation for the brown stripes the tires leave in the lawn? I have a bunch of condos that I mow. Mowed them last week. It had been about a week with no rain and temps in the 80's. Of the 42 lawns I mowed, two had the stripes in the lawn where the tires were.

    The guys are pretty upset about the stripes. I know it happens occasionally but I can't figure out what causes it. Must have to have just the right conditions or something. I bet Eric can't get my kind of stripes on a consistent basis. :D
     
  2. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,354

    the only thing i could suggest is change your traffic
    routes each mow,and mow slow on these problem areas.
     
  3. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
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  4. Kent Lawns

    Kent Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 870

    That last post by GroundKprs is exactly what is happening.

    I've found it to be more likely when mowing a wilted lawn on a HOT day in the afternoon. Mow your drought-stresses lawn in the AM and your watered lawns in the PM.
     
  5. watatrp

    watatrp LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 496

    Thanks guys. I now have some explanations that are so technical that anyone would believe them. It's just hard to explain to a bunch of older folks how when I mowed 42 lawns it only happened to two of them.
     
  6. Kent Lawns

    Kent Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 870

    Bottom line: They have to water more.

    It's not your fault.
     

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