Mowing hybrid Bermuda on smaller lots

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by brucec32, Apr 24, 2008.

  1. brucec32

    brucec32 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I'm curious what you do when you have a residential account with sodded hybrid Bermuda that is laid on an uneven, rolling, undulating, but small lawn where you get an ok cut with a bigger deck mower (48-52") but in spots you know it'd look better with the 21"

    Postage stamps are a no-brainer, whip out the 21". But what about when the lawns are just a little bigger, ones where that's a lot of walking with such a small mower. Do you just do it with the ZTR/WB or do you go for the best cut possible, even though you know it'll take longer and require a mower change in the job which slows you down even further?

    I did one last week where it looks good, but could look better. but often the customer never even seems to notice. I know if I bring it up, they'll just be confused. Mostly the bad cut is in the form of a seam on a slope where it meets a flat area or something minor like that.
     
  2. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
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    My larger hybrid bermuda properties, I just give them extra nitrogen and mow them slightly higher with my ztr. It keeps it from scalping and the customer doesn't really know the difference (usually).

    I'm not buying a reel mower for just a few accounts. It would make more financial sense to just drop those customers instead.
     
  3. packey

    packey LawnSite Senior Member
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    How big of a lawn? What are the customers expectatons. If your customer expects the lawn to be kept to a high standard explain that it will cost more to mow because of the equipment you have to use. Oh yes I own a mclane reel mower you can find a good one for about 100-150 in good used shape. These are simply awesome if you need or have customers who expect it. Most customers who do will also pay better. You can cut with a rotary mower and make it look great as well. It sounds like your lot will be to rough for the real mower so a rotarty probably would be best. I know you want to use the bigger mower but my thought is what will make you as the lco look the best.
     
  4. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
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    If you are scalping with a rotary don't even consider using a reel unless you want to spend the time to fix the grade issues. You are right about the client not noticing. Most only see a fraction of what we see.
     
  5. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    I load up the old Walker with a 36' deck and it hugs the ground real good and hardly ever scalps. We have scalped a few places in the mid summer with the ztr units and it ain't coming back even when watered.....we ended up painting it because the hotel complained.
     

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