honest opion about striping please!!!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by SangerLawn, Aug 19, 2007.

  1. SangerLawn

    SangerLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from indiana
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    There is a lawn I pass every week on one of my routes. This lawn is about 1500 foot long but only about 250 foot wide. the company that mows it has been mowing it the same way every week for over two years. All of there stripes go long ways. Yes I agree it is probably faster to do it this way but the stripes are looking extremely burnt in and in my opinion looking tacky and horrible. I understand giving what a customer what they want, I just don’t understand why you wouldn’t change your direction on a lawn this size.

    I will go by there tomorrow with a camera so you can see what I am talking about but it is late and on my mind so I thought I would ask what you think??? It honestly looks like someone painted black and light green stripes in the lawn…. We are under extreme drought conditions, I don’t see how this could be good for the lawn. I have worked for some else for several years and this is my first year on my own…. Do people really enjoy lawns like this compared to nice, kind of dark stripes that are in two different directions using the cross pattern???
     
  2. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
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    They just do it the same way every time in order to save time and still lay stripes.

    Yes, it's hard on the turf because the tires are always tracking the same path.
     
  3. Accu-cut Lawn Care

    Accu-cut Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I stripe ALMOST everything I mow. That being said, I try to lay each property out with three strip patterns...Two main that I go to every other cut...the third is in case the main patterns start showing wheel burn.
     
  4. SangerLawn

    SangerLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from indiana
    Posts: 736

    Accu-cut.... i never thought about doing a third cut that!!!! probably something well know but i guss i ma alittle dence lol. i stripe in a cross pattern as well... thanks again!!!
     
  5. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    No reason they couldn't do it 4 ways...2+'s and 2x's.
     
  6. Accu-cut Lawn Care

    Accu-cut Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
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    When you lay out 4 patterns on a lawn or sportsfield, the stripes become muddled and bad looking. The best way to do it, in my experience, is to have two base patterns at 70 degrees, and one crossing pattern that you can go to every 4 or 5 weeks during drought or ultra hot conditions.
     
  7. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    Then again...does anyone really care? 99.99% of the customers don't have a clue about striping. :laugh:
     
  8. Accu-cut Lawn Care

    Accu-cut Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Mine do... But then again, most of my residentials are high end. Another thing to think about is how the drought has affected Fescue lawns in my region... The grass I have may not be very green; but the stripes kind of help to make up for it.
     
  9. KingOfCupCar20

    KingOfCupCar20 LawnSite Member
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    i stripe everything, used to do 4 ways 2 + and 2 x...now i just cut in 2 directions, havent had a problem burning wheel marks into for the past few years by just going 2 ways....and man does it suck that most of the customers dont even notice the striping haha the only people that do are fellow cutters who drive by and notice what a great job someone did haha
     
  10. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
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    Most of my customers don't care but I go over a lawn with different patterns and rotate so not to get the ruts and such from doing the same thing multiple times.
     

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