How to get rid of the "matted down" look

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jonspolaris, Oct 15, 2001.

  1. jonspolaris

    jonspolaris LawnSite Member
    Posts: 130

    in my moms Condo subdivision, they have a Lawn Contractor that uses Exmark Lazers. After he is done cutting the lawns they all look "mated down", like it was ran over and never sprang back up. The people are complaing about it because they say the grass doesent get cut.

    The lawns are Irrigated and fertalized by TrueGreen( ya they are bad).
    I am sorry if this has been discused before, but i dident know what to search for.

  2. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
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    It sounds like the blades they are using don't have enough lift to them. Double blades would probably fix this problem. Another way would be to use a JRco tine rake while mowing. Also I would guess they are cutting it tall and their blades won't lift it up enough to cut it right.
  3. I am with Eric on this one, however do you know what they are fertilizing with? Also, is this area heavily shaded? Pretty soon they should be able to drop their cutting height, if they are cutting high now they should go to a normal height, and then later on drop to an even lower height to account for changing growing forms.
  4. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
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    I does sound like they are cutting high without getting lift. Are they side discharging or mulching? If mulching, it could be the airflow pushing the grass down also.
  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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  6. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,846

    Your TG people in your area may possibly put too much N down, but in our area it probably is 1/2 of what they promise and 1/2 of what is needed. The only grass that lays down in our area is that that is run over by the front wheel, AND THIS APPLIES TO FTMOUNTS, ZTRS & TRACTORS.

    MATTHEW LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE OHIO
    Posts: 665

    The problem may be the grass varieties. Some grasses grow in a "creeping" fashion. The problem is accelerated with flush growth and infrequent mowing. You can easily find out if this is the problem by raking the lawn. If you get long strands of turf to lift up, exposing bare dirt and/or grass roots, then that is the problem. The way to prevent this look is to frequently rake the lawn-(just before mowing also) and seed areas that are thin with a better grass type like K bluegrass that grows in clumps and will fill in thin spots.
  8. MowForReal

    MowForReal LawnSite Member
    Posts: 26

    So far people have mentioned things such as not enough lift and poor fertalizer practices. I have some more theories.

    1 Super-Dull blades--can't cut grass with a little league bat.

    2 Weak belt tension(yes spring-loaded, but it can get stuck in a position)

    3 Mowing the same stripe pattern over and over at mach one with any combination of the above.
  9. 1grnlwn

    1grnlwn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,261

    Put me down for that stripe direction thing. When I mow around a house I always blow out , this lays the grass down in the direction I am moving. So every once in a while I will do normal ccw then do a cw to stand up the grass and cut it. Oh and fine fescues have no legs.

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