friggin shredded turf

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by jbturf, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. jbturf

    jbturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,434

    its makin me sick to see how badly some lawns are being hacked up
    by some co's out there mowing. lawns have a hazy whitish gray color,
    severly torn shredded tips, leaf tip die back, and in many mostly
    irrigated lawns have all sorts of disease issues. not to mention the
    free turf removal, at the turn point of every single pass, and around all

    it like they removed their blades and bolted on some heavy duty
    crowbars or something, to help withstand all the sh-t there hitting
    as they scalp the lawn in areas with a nice 2" cut in the middle of

    im getting tired of preaching these mowing tips to my customers time
    after time, i actually commented, nicely , to one lco a few weeks back,
    i was not well recieved-- he informed me that his machine was serviced
    and blades professionally sharpened at the start of this season.
    enough said - right
  2. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Posts: 5,854

    I hear ya buddy -- we run into the same thing. Shredded grass tips also allow diseases to set in...Lord knows this time of year is bad enough regrarding turf diseases and other stressed turf. Cool-season turf has a hard enough time looking good when it's 90 degrees outside. Then there are those who say they are mowing at 3 inches, yet when I measure the actual height of the turf (after it's been mowed), it's more like 1 1/2 -- 2 1/4 inches. And then there is the string trimming -- down to 1/2 inch, sometimes less. Talk about thinning turf & weeds!

    Our lawn estimates say: "Mowing Is the KEY to a Nice Lawn". But who reads this? Nearly nobody.:hammerhead:

    I treated a lawn yesterday. Customer's mowing height: 1 3/4 inches (at best). The cost of spraying crabgrass on a homeowner's lawn is not cheap. Gasoline is not cheap either. We all pay to support land grant University research, yet too many folks never take their common sense advice.:cool2:
  3. mngrassguy

    mngrassguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,167

    I'm seeing a lot of that here too. More this year than ever. Grass cut way to short, sprinklers systems not working, dull blades, PM watering if at all, ect. Not only done by homeowners but lco's also.
  4. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,233

    Has anyone ever seen this. The lawn was cut when wet from rain. The tips of the cut leaves turn white. It appears that fungus invaded the cut leaf blade and worked its way down about a quarter inch.
  5. kbrashears

    kbrashears LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 763

    Just want to say it somewhere, and this thread is as good as any:

    ZTR's are the downfall of a nice lawn.
  6. mngrassguy

    mngrassguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,167

    Mowers don't kill lawns, people do.
  7. The Rookie

    The Rookie LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 296

    I wish I could talk all of my customers into 3'' to 4'' mowing instead of 2.5 but they dont like it that tall. Besides, they pay me to reseed it every fall.:drinkup:
  8. kbrashears

    kbrashears LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 763

    Disagree. I own an eXmark ZTR.

    Nothing damages a lawn like it can, no matter how careful. The compaction in the first pass turns is a nightmare.
  9. jbturf

    jbturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,434

    nail on the head

    i do know a couple of lco's that know how to sharpen their blades,
    set their machines up properly, and take the time to provide a quality

    imo, a healthy lawn will never look better than after its had a
    quality mowing
  10. The Rookie

    The Rookie LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 296

    I wish ztr manufacturers would come up with some type of tire tread that could aerate while you mow. Hey vary the mowing pattern weekly and wa-la, no more compaction.

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