Drought Conditions

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mklawnman, Jul 10, 2001.

  1. mklawnman

    mklawnman LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 634

    Up here in Wisconsin we haven't had any rain in two weeks. The grass is starting to go dormate in some places. The question i have is some of my accounts have some green grass thats growing that may need to get cut soon, i was wondering if i cut the whole yard will there be any brown spots the next day from driving over the dormate grass?? SOme yards aren't brown they have little brown spots in them and thought maybe its ok to still cut the yards. Or should i just hold off on mowing until we get some rain(which won't be till Sunday) and then cut after the rain hits. I dont want to kill the grass in this dry period but i want to know what other companies do in this time do u still cut?.
    Right now i dont have much to do, have some bushes to trim, and put some woodchips down but thats about it.
    Waiting for some checks to role in soon:D
    Matt aka (Lawn man)
     
  2. MATTHEW

    MATTHEW LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE OHIO
    Posts: 665

    Yeah-very dry here in Ohio. This is the patr of the business that we must plan for. Start selling tree/shrub jobs in may/june so
    you have the work booked. You could go out and leave flyers
    on homes that need shrub work. If you make a contact, it may
    very well get you a new client!
    On mowing, I know we need the money, but you really should
    keep off the lawn with a heavy mower. The tires will smash the
    already stressed crowns and leave marks for weeks. You could
    go out there and touch up any areas with a 21" and go ahead and edge it up for a nominal charge.Or you could just go to the ocean for a week and enjoy the fruits of your labor from spring.
    That's where I am going next week!!!:blob3:
     
  3. mklawnman

    mklawnman LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 634

    I have had experiance with those marks in the lawn, last week we cut right before we went on a short vaccation, and when i got back i saw on my yard the zero turn marks that i made that u couldn't see when i cut it cause it was green now its brown there. Ya i guess a Turf Tiger is tooo heavy on these dry lawns right now. I probley will wait a few more days until it rains to cut. The areas that r growing r too small for a 21inch mower, but if i show up with the big mower im afraid after i cut a couple days later those brown marks will be there so im planning on waiting till rain, im sure the customers will agree with what im doing, I hope.
    MATT
     
  4. CLARKE

    CLARKE LawnSite Member
    Posts: 145

    WEEK 3 NOW NO RAIN THIS WEEK I WILL BE MOWING 14
    OUT OF 50 ACOUNTS NEXT WEEK MAY A FEW MORE IF NO RAIN AFTER THAT WILL TAKE A TRIP TO WISCONSIN TO SEE OLD FREIND
    AND VIST HIM CAUSE HIS FATHER JUST PASSED AWAY, AFTER THAT LOOK FOR A NOTHER JOB.:(
     
  5. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Posts: 4,831

    We only skipped one lawn today, tomorrow we will be skipping 5, so it isn't looking good in the Chicago area and no rain in sight. :(

    I guess I'll have to load up my stuff and head down and work for Homer or who ever else needs help.
     
  6. Shawn Burns

    Shawn Burns LawnSite Member
    from N.C.
    Posts: 181

    i really feel for you guys! i have sure been there. not to tease tall, but to give you hope, we have had ... lets see... at least 15 inches of rain in the last 30 days. i don't hardly have time to see my 4 month old daughter. by the time i get in and get my stuff ready for the next day she's already asleep! i guess that's the way this biz is.
     
  7. Toroguy

    Toroguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,075

    Skipping around 75% of properties here. This ruins my goals for the year, but proves a valuable lesson for all. If you are deep in debt to begin, you will pay a huge price when mother nature tosses these high fast balls at you.

    I am taking in the latest movies and spending extra free time with friends and family. I hope the rain comes soon, I'll even take some snow at this point:)
     
  8. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Posts: 4,831

    Toroguy, Us northerners can all convoy down yonder and help out them there southern boys and mow some turf. :)

    I just saw the next 7 day forecast for here, no rain in sight. :(

    This doesn't look good at all for us Yankees. I guess it is our turn to have a dry summer. The weather guessers forecasted a cooler than normal and wetter than normal summer for here. Boy was they wrong again.
     
  9. GreenQuest Lawn

    GreenQuest Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 822

    Same story here in west Mi. Mabey a tenth in the last month. I don't know how other parts of the state are doing but I would imagine its dry there too.
     
  10. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,183

    Load em up and bring em on down boys! Let ya'll get a taste of these warm season grasses then you'll know what aggravation really is.

    We've had a good year, the last 3 have not been. It's hard to figure this weather thing out. We haven't had any substantial rainfall in a few days but the heat has come on strong. A few more days like today and the green fun will be long gone.:mad:

    It's been nice not eating dust, hope it lasts till the leaves start to fall.
     

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