Mowing Patterns Type and Frequency?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by scagmanjosh, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. dgw

    dgw LawnSite Bronze Member
    from OH
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    Related question. What's the key to lining everything up to get nice straight lines when you have several barriers, ups/downs and lengths of lawn you need to go through? Do you just pick a spot and look straight ahead at the end where you want to end up and try to keep it straight that way? Use something at the other end to focus on (tree, etc)?

    yes, i cut my border and when i cut diagnol i start at the longest point and look straight ahead

    another simple tip that alot of people dont seem to get (from looking at every lawn i drive by)

    when cutting straight lines and approaching an obstacle , jump from your line about a mowers lenght away from tree and circle around it and get back to your line, on way back drive towards tree as close as possible and go around it the other way, then come back past opposite side you started on, this will erase your circle marks and make your line look like it gos straight through the tree. do not wait until you get to the tree (
    obstacle) head on to circle around it
    i know to most you guys this is common sense but drive around and look at some lawns , its not to everyone
     
  2. Lawn Spa

    Lawn Spa LawnSite Member
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    "yes, i cut my border and when i cut diagnol i start at the longest point and look straight ahead"

    I start at a corner...it's the shortest line and as I get deeper into the yard its easier to keep perfecting the angle. If you start on the longest line and its bad it will take you 10 passes to get it corrected.
     
  3. Hoy landscaping

    Hoy landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    exactly. your lines will have a huge curve if u start in the middle
     
  4. dgw

    dgw LawnSite Bronze Member
    from OH
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mowingsite
    "yes, i cut my border and when i cut diagnol i start at the longest point and look straight ahead"

    I start at a corner...it's the shortest line and as I get deeper into the yard its easier to keep perfecting the angle. If you start on the longest line and its bad it will take you 10 passes to get it corrected.
    exactly. your lines will have a huge curve if u start in the middle
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    never thought about that , have just always been more comfortable going corner to corner first because i want to make sure the lines are perfect (even though i found that straightness of my lines are usually the least of their concerns) and the pattern lines up right from the corner

    but monday i think i will try it the other way to give that a shot

    im also pretty comfortable with my mowers though so unless its longer than a football field my stripes usually arent curved
     
  5. DLAWNS

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
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    thats interesting...been cutting for quite a few years and always started with the longest stripe...I'm going to have to try it the other way.
     
  6. Lehighlawnpros

    Lehighlawnpros LawnSite Senior Member
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    We use a variation of the "racetrack" pattern all the time.

    We never mow in different directions (un-productive/ possibly leaving ruts BOTH ways/ too much un-necessary turning required).

    To avoid ruts we simply "stagger" our passes as required.

    For example, after your first pass around the perimeter, on your
    second pass just make a 1/2 or 1/3 pass, then on all subsequent passes mow
    full passes (unless you line up with a rut then stagger a little as required).

    Over time, in our conditions (SW Florida/St. Augustine) this method
    eliminates ruts almost entirely, and we use heavy 1,500 pound plus Grasshopper front mounts.

    It's very efficient and much less wear on the hydro system.

    We mulch, so discharge is no factor for us.
    Striping, although visible to some extent, isn't much of a concern here.

    Some of our competitors who mow using zero-turns and in the same tracks all the time have some nasty ruts and sometimes turf damage, but our lawns always look great in that regard.

    So, try using the "racetrack" all the time, just stagger as required to eliminate rut development. Works for us.
     
  7. flatlander42

    flatlander42 LawnSite Silver Member
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    POST#16

    good points...I will have to keep that in mind for the places that striping is not an option.
     
  8. Pietro

    Pietro LawnSite Senior Member
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    Screw that. Time is money. I go the longest direction. Then diagonal.
     
  9. ADVANCEDOHIO

    ADVANCEDOHIO LawnSite Member
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    Im on board with trying the corner start. I have also always did the corner to corner on the diag stripes. Will try it tomorrow. Thanks for tips!!!
     
  10. scagmanjosh

    scagmanjosh LawnSite Member
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    I much prefer the racetrack pattern as well, and agree its much easier on the hydros (and saves gas). I'll have to try the wheel stagger as well.
     

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