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mower tires killed grass???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by eslawns, May 17, 2001.

  1. eslawns

    eslawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 712

    I got a message today from a vacation customer who says my mower tires killed his grass. When I mowed, the grass had some yellow spots. All the lawns around here do, there hasn't been much rain. Now he seems convinced that my machine tracked glyphosate on his lawn or something. Any suggestions?
  2. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    since he knows what it was, ask him how you got it on your tires. shoudda left a large puddle somewhere and he should be able to tell you where.

  3. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Posts: 4,831

    Let him know that when we are short on rain, it always happens. As soon as it rains or he waters it, the tracks will be gone. When the turf is short of moisture, this happens all over the world, even in Chicago. ;)
  4. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    Tell him next time the round up will be on the tires. lol.;)

    Good luck, if he is like most "knowitall" homeowners your in for a fight.
  5. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,412

    Happens to a couple of my lawns at least once a season.

    Pick up the $24 copy of the Ortho problem solver, theres a photo of this exact problem under "drought damage" picture is worth a thousand words to these chowderheads.
  6. Freetime

    Freetime LawnSite Member
    Posts: 112

    Explain the weather situation to the customer; tell him you have no control over watering his property and when it is dry as hell you will track the lawn. This sounds like he wants a free cut at your expense. Is he a good customer? Does he pay you promptly for services rendered? Is the time you spend on “customer maintenance” worth the trouble for a vacation cut.

    After explaining the water situation to “Mr. Idoenomyas fromaholein ground” send him down the road the next guy where he can share his vast knowledge and wisdom.
  7. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,969

    When the grass starts to dry out good, the stems will be easy to break. So your mower tires broke a lot of the stems. Even after you get water again, these brown strips will show for a while until new stems and leaves fill in. Have even seen brown footprints across a lawn from this effect.

    This will generally happen just as the turf is drying out. It needs to be cut because it has grown some, but it is dry enough to cause the damage. If no irrigation, it probably will be dormant by next cutting, and will not need service until watered again.
  8. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    Carry a backpack sprayer of green paint and go over the spots, Send him his Final bill and get a customer that isn't an idiot.:eek:
  9. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,354

    in dry weather like we have had never allow the tires to run in the same tracks as last mow. even this wont stop all damage but will help avoid some.
  10. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Posts: 7,879

    Give him the name of a good therepist and dump him

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