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First mow of the season???

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by timfitch, Dec 14, 2007.

  1. timfitch

    timfitch LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    Living in Columbus Ohio I was wondering what was the average start time for the season,I was thinking end of March to April but not sure ???????????????????*newusflag*
  2. Wells

    Wells LawnSite Member
    from SLC UT
    Posts: 0

    Since the answers are going to vary alot depending on where people are located around the country the best answer I can give you is to start when the grasses begin to come out of dormancy, for us that time of year is usually the first or second week in April. An application of fertilizer in early March will help jump start the process.
  3. MJS

    MJS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,316

    I usually look to start right after the Forsythia bushes begin to bloom (usually early March).
  4. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,834

    for me every year is different, depending on the soil temp, I started pre-m apps as early as late febuary one year. But useally gear up first week of march or so.
  5. toac

    toac LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 350

    he's right. it varies year to year. i'll give the broad answer of mid march to early april.
  6. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,993

    I live in the KC area. Usually the first week in March, if there is no snow on the ground, Ill go out and do spring cleanups and cut back any winter growth. That usually takes me about 2 weeks to do all my houses.

    After that its usually about 2 more weeks before I start doing houses on a regular basis.
  7. Dollar Spot

    Dollar Spot LawnSite Member
    Posts: 162

    Over 24 years in business in Northeast Ohio, I've started as early as Mar. 1st and as late as the last week in April. Wish I could be more help!
  8. enviouslawns

    enviouslawns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 188

    this is only gonna be my third year but the first 2 years i started on the second monday of april

    BUCKEYE MOWING LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,169

    Probably end of March ...if your doing spring clean ups.
  10. clint.toris

    clint.toris LawnSite Member
    Posts: 3

    as you see you're getting mixed responses because it all depends, not only on the weather but on the equipment you're using. if, for say, you're using a 60" deck zero turn mower, and the ground is still fairly soggy and not quite firm, you're more apt to do damage to the new grass which can set you back a ways as well as make a mess for the business or homeowner. better to schedual srping cleanup for mid to late march and get started mowing as soon as you think afterwards.... I usually use tax day april 15 as a good benchmark but it depends. Here in iowa we can still get snowstorms in early april.

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