Mowing around beds and cars

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Pizpoppa, Sep 16, 2000.

  1. Pizpoppa

    Pizpoppa LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

    Just recently, a few of my customers have started to complain about me putting a little grass into their beds and onto their cars. I do my best to blow what little grass is in the beds and on the cars away, but whatever is left there is nothing i can do, and i always thought it was no big deal. but 2 people asked me to have it remain perfectly clean. any techniques to avoid this problem or am i just going to have to use a bag. I have a 48 Exmark Metro.

    BUSHMASTER LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 519

    Well first ask them to move their cars , that will fix that,
    as far as the beds go run the mower with the discharge facing the other way for the beds .but they will just have to under stand that when you edge the beds they will still have some clippings there.
  3. The Lawn Genie

    The Lawn Genie LawnSite Member
    Posts: 32

    I would certainly tell them to move their cars if your having problems keeping the clippings off of them... if they complain about the clippings, just imagine what they will say when you have to tell them about the huge dent in the side of their brand new BMW, because your mower threw a rock! As for the beds, discharge away from them, as long as the only trimmings in them is from edging, it shouldn't be any problem to go back and blow them out.
  4. cos

    cos LawnSite Addict
    Posts: 1,253

    You will always have those complaints especially about beds.

    I always do my best to keep them out of the beds, but it seems like that a little here and a little there is not good enough to the customer.

    Best wishes
  5. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

    In a related twist, I told my helper to be careful, with the tail wheels on the mower , while turning around near some cars. I guess he was so concerned about the tail wheels, he forgot not to shoot grass all over 2 parked cars.
  6. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,213

    Buy a Walker 48" GHS unit, trim cut in either direction, rear discharge to collector, no clippings in the beds or on the cars.
  7. greenlawncare

    greenlawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 105

    one time I was trimming in the back when one of my guys (who had just started with me) was mowing the front. The front lawn is elevated over a driveway walk, with 3 feet of walkway between the edge of the lawn and and the drop off to the driveway.

    So, the owner of the house comes out like a mad man. He has be come to the front. His new, black BMW is COVERED in clippings, all stuck to the car. The new guy hadn't watched was he was doing and must have side discharges every blade of grass on his car!

    So I say I'll knock the cost of his car wash off my bill. So the next week he gives me a receipt for a $25 car wash. Just a normal carwash, nothing interior or anything...$25 !! Ouch... never heard of something so expensive.

    Anyway, it's one of the new things my guys get trained on now - common sense!
  8. jaclawn

    jaclawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 490

    This is the reason that all new helpers start out with the 21" and the trimmer. They can then graduate to the mulching walk behind. Only after they have mastered that can they side discharge on select properties.

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