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How do I get my mower on this lawn??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Expert Lawns, Jun 16, 2004.

  1. Expert Lawns

    Expert Lawns LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,660

    I just gave an estimate for lawn maintenace. It's a very high end property in one of the nicest neighborhoods in town. I would really like to get the account and just be in the neighborhood for some exposure. It is a new area for me to be cutting in (if i get the account) The only setback is that there is a very steep, very narrow paved path that leads down to the back yard. The path is wide enough for my 48" Z to fit down, but I'm worried about the incline and also the fact that it is a very woody area; thus a lot of moisture build up on the path. Any suggestions? (yes, this is the only way to get back there)
  2. Palmer Lawn Care

    Palmer Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 42

    If the back is small, I would probably just use a 21" just to be safe.
  3. Expert Lawns

    Expert Lawns LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,660

    the back is quite large. took the homeowner 4 hours to do it with a 21'' (not self propelled) mower.

    I always found that when I'm going backwards the mower is less touchy and tends not to jerk as much, but I don't like that idea, seeing how it's probably a safety hazzard
  4. Palmer Lawn Care

    Palmer Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 42

    Well, you could try it mid-day when its the hottest and hopefully the mositure on the path will evaperate.

    How steep is the path anyways?
  5. Littleriver1

    Littleriver1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 811

    You wanted exposure. use the 21" and get 4 hours worth.
  6. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,995

    could you give us a picture of the path and incline. Visualization always helps me to picture a solution.
  7. MikeLT1Z28

    MikeLT1Z28 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,732

    is there moss or something on the path that makes it hold moisture?
  8. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 1,517

    Do you have a walkbehind, like a 36" you could take down there? I feel as safe with a walkbehind as I do with a 21. If you do not have a walkbehind, it might not be a bad investment for gated yards, or ones with steep hills.

  9. Sam-Ohio

    Sam-Ohio LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 304

    You say it is a PAVED path. Is this blacktop, tar+chip, concrete, brick pavers - what is the paved surface and how roughened or how slick is this paving ?

    Is the surface so slippery that it is difficult to walk on safely ?

    If you can stand and walk on this pathway safely, your Z will probably have no problem either.
  10. CoachLinz

    CoachLinz LawnSite Member
    Posts: 126

    Are you worried about flipping because it is steep? If so, can you put some weight on the back of the mower to keep it solidly on the ground until you get down the hill, then take it off and mow?

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