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Local lawn guy may have bit of more than he wanted...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by KirbysLawn, Aug 15, 2003.

  1. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Posts: 3,486

    and he has not been seen since.

    A lawn a few streets over has high grass...how high, maybe 4'-5' high. Last Saturday he arrives to mow the lawn with a JD tractor and a bagging system. When I am back a few hours later the front lawn was mowed but HUGE piles of grass are every where!!

    Looks like he's not coming back. Here are a few photos:

    tall grass 1.jpg
  2. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Posts: 3,486

    Here is one of the piles he left in the road, it was bigger last week when it was fresh:

    tall grass 3.jpg
  3. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Posts: 3,486

    Looks like the blades couldn't handle it. ;)

    tall grass 5.jpg
  4. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Posts: 3,486

    How much would it cost to hire you to mow and clean up this mess??

    tall grass 4.jpg
  5. Not like the bluegrass I deal with.

    I quoted a "first cut in mid season" similar to that one this year.
    It was $60 for regular mowing, $240 just to cut it down.

    I wasn't going to rake and haul clippings. Just mow every 4-5 days till the clippings got beat to dust. It's possible to do that with bluegrass without actually killing the lawn. But it looks like mortal sin for a couple of months. It was just a warehouse.

    It looks like that grass in the pics is tough enough to get wound around the spindles and stop the blades. I don't think I could deal with it. I'd recommend bushhogging.

  6. work_it

    work_it LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 976

    You have one of three options:
    1) the easiest way is a bushhog. grass that tall will burn up the motor on a regular commercial mower.
    2) spend a couple of days with a brush cutting attachment on a trimmer.
    3) call the local rancher and ask him if he would like to bail some grass for the livestock.:eek:

    Any way you look at it; it's going to cost big $$$ to get me on that property. No less than $500.:D
  7. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    I think he was waiting for the fog to lift.

    That looks like a Midwest prairie. I'd just set a controlled brush fire and start over.:p

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 5,137

    brush hog
  9. sdwally

    sdwally LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 385

    I vote a sickle mower, hay rake, and baler!
  10. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    that is for sure. around my area you could find a farmer that would bushhog that for around $30-40. they do it all the time.

    however, in the next big town, where they have CODES, he could get maybe $150. still cheaper than having the city do it.

    yes, I'm sure you can burn up a motor and blade belts if you aren't careful. mowers aren't bushhogs. but if you do it right, it can still be cut with a commercial unit by making very narrow cuts and multiple passes on the same row.

    when I started back in '96, I did a lot just about like that one for $350. I didn't want to do it but I was getting alot of business from this guy. I did it like I described above and I cut it twice. it took me about four hours. minus the wear and tear on the ole lesco, it was good money and I needed it at the time.

    if I had it to do again I'd sub it out and still pocket some nice bucks.


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