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Cutting Strategies

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by JeffW0011, Feb 23, 2007.

  1. JeffW0011

    JeffW0011 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 178

    Ok, I know this is a total newbie question and second nature to you veterans, but can I get some tips or directed to a site that discusses cutting technique. I have been driving around regularly, looking at various yards and trying to conceptualize how I would cut them and what the best way would be to achieve the most desirable effect. I know you should change up cutting directions regularly, I do know that much (lol). Are straight lines always the best? What about when straight lines are impossible? I mean a big open lot that is square or rectangular is easy to envision. But when I try to strategize a yard that is all over the place and has a ton of trees, flower beds, decorations, uneven terrain etc. etc. I am having difficulty picturing the best strategy to achieve optimal results.

    STONE SCAPES LawnSite Member
    Posts: 145

    Great question. I'm looking to start mowing this year and would love to some response to this.
  3. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 2,994

    Some yards you can only cut one way, and that is the nature of the beast. I try not to "racetrack", but sometimes that is your only option. I think it looks better in a striped fashion. Not necessarily striped, but mowed in that fashion. Honestly, I don't think the moajority of customers care, just as long as the grass is shorter when you get done...that's all they want. But personal gratification is important too. (Not THAT kind of gratification...filthy minds) ANd I feel better about the job when I am able to do it the way I think is best. But yeah. Just cut the damn grass!!!!!!
  4. CoreyD

    CoreyD LawnSite Member
    Posts: 207

    yea i think doign straight lines looks best.... but i dont have a zero turn so when i do straight lines it takes me longer because i have to go across for the first line and then when i get to the end... back up and get lined up again..... lol only way to really do it with my mower is going from the outside in ... if you get what i meen
  5. ubirajara83

    ubirajara83 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 172

    Hey shields i always wanted to ask is that you in that pic. Sorry i know it has nothing to do with the subject but always wondered
  6. lawn guy1350

    lawn guy1350 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 214

    mow it in stripe fashion. theres always a way. never do it race track style, thats very unprofessional.
  7. bbpropmaint

    bbpropmaint LawnSite Member
    Posts: 60

    i mow perimeter first, blowing clippings away. then look for longest perspective stripe..takes some practice keeping it straight then work off that ..just my technique..
  8. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,505

    I circle the perimeter first. I see some guys do the perimiter last to clean things up, and that does look a bit better.

    Because I do almost all really big lawns, I run a stripe right up the middle of the lawn, keeping my eyes focused on a tree or something at the far end of the run (to keep the line straight). Then I just work off that first straight stripe.

    The next week I make sure to run the stripes in a different direction. The customers will then start to see a checkerboard effect, which looks pretty snazzy. The 3rd week goes in yet another direction, and so on.

    Remember, in a mid-August drought, when the lawn only grows 1/2 inch, it will look like a nice fresh cut if the stripes go a different way than the last cut. It helps customers feel like they are getting more value.

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,981

    No matter what direction you mow in, the KEY to straight stripes is, on the first stripe you want to line up and focus on 2 different targets...one fairly close and the second farther back. Focusing on 2 objects will ensure you are going straight the first time. Then just go from there.
  10. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
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