? on cutting VERY long grass

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by GarPA, Oct 14, 2004.

  1. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
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    Got a call from a customer who was referred to us by one of our suppliers. Old folks in their 80's who left the grass in one area of their property get about 15" long and very thick. Doctors have told them he can no longer even run his riding mower. My gut reaction was to walk away from it but they were nice people and walking away from it is not the right thing to do and frankly I kind of feel sorry for them..(call it sappy on my part but we're all going to get old and need help someday)

    anyway, I;ve taken the Z in high grass b4 but not in grass this high. The best approach would be to rent a brushcutter mower I suppose but they want the cut grass then picked up(another hassle for sure)

    I guess my ? is whats the grass length at which you wont use a commercial mower and instead use a brushcutter? If we do cut it, it will have to dry out b4 we even attempt to pick it up. THe area is about 4000 sq feet.

    any other opinions are welcome...thanks
     
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  2. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
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    Allyou would have to do with your commercial mower is raise the deck all the way up and go slow and you will be able to go right through it. I've done it before. it don't look good when you get done but if your going to pick the grass up then you could mow again a little bit lower.
     
  3. Blessed 1

    Blessed 1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I did one Monday that looked like it hadn't been cut this year. I cut the first time with the deck all the way up. Then I cut again on 4". The I bagged it on 3.5 and it came out great. Normal $70 yard I charged them $200 and was done in about 2 hrs. They were so pleased that the gave me a $20 tip!
     
  4. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
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    ok guys thanks for the input. My concern was that because it was so long and laid over that the mower may not be able to "lift" it enough to cut it but based on what you guys are sayng I'll give it a try. Cut it at transport height and keep moving it down. I hope the man upstairs gives me a brownie point for helping these people out...not looking forward to this mess

    do you think that putting a set of mulching blades on would help at all? I dont have the mulch kit on the Z but was wondering if the mulch blades would do better but if there would be no big difference I'll just leave the high lifts on
     
  5. Mark McC

    Mark McC LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'm running only a 36" walkbehind, but no way I'd use mulching blades on that sort of situation. You're going to have a mess on your hands any way you look at it. Why add to it?
     
  6. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
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    are you serious? look, i've mowed freakin corn fields with my 36" bobcat. raise it up high as it goes. go over it once. use the backpack blower to blow clippings into a pile, pick them up, procede to cut the lawn , in different directions, 2-3 times, whatever it takes. 4k, piece of cake
     
  7. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
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    believe me Bobby I've taken the Z into industrial properties that were not cut in 6 months and got thru it fine by doing it slowly...the issue with this one is that the grass is much thicker and more laid over than on any other mess we've tackled

    why 85 year old people would spend the money to fertilize their lawn is beyond me..particularly when they are in bad health and can't even ride on a mower...btw, the really thick/laid over area is 4000sqft...the overall area is 2/3 acre and its long also but not as bad.
     
  8. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
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    just make it clear to them, "you can't shine sh!t". it will get hacked, and then improve over the next 2-3 cuttings over a few weeks time. it aint your fault they let it get so bad. like the lady at the barber shop said to me..... i walk in, she says, "what can we do for you today sir?" i say, "can you make me look like brad pitt?" she says, " i'm a barber, not a magician." then i sit down, she starts clipping, i say, "look, be honest, do you think i'm losing my hair?" she says, "well, let me put it this way, if you see a hat you like, buy it."
     
  9. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,585

    Bobby you are a piece of work...like I told you a year or so ago, you need to consider becoming an author in your spare time because you sure do have a way with words and stories!
     
  10. dwost

    dwost LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have taken my WB on a similar section before where it was 2-3' tall and with doubles it did a great job after two separate passes. Raise the deck, cut slow and then repeat dropping the deck about an inch or so. I did leave a fair amount of clippings, however, if you are picking them up it should look great.

    This past weekend my buddy cut the common areas in our neighborhood with a brush hog and I ended up running over one of the sections with the mulch kit on my WB. It did a beautiful job chopping up the mess into dust. I went over it twice and there was very little left to clean up. After one more mowing it should be completely gone. You can do it, just take your time.
     

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