Please help!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by hgaerations, May 14, 2005.

  1. hgaerations

    hgaerations LawnSite Member
    Posts: 10

    Hey guys-new to the site. I've been in the business for a couple of years. I currently mow with a 32" toro and I noticed this past week that quite a few of the lawns I mow are getting some brown stripes where my mower tires were on the previous cutting. I, along with 2 others, have checked the mower up and down for any possible leaks onto the tires and have found absolutely nothing. I don't think the grass is stressed, especially this early in the season (I'm in Colorado), but I do notice it isn't as noticeable on lawns of customers that stay on top of their watering. Any thoughts? I've been spraying down the mower and trailer, and am wondering if I need to use some kind of cleaner on them. Any help would be greatly appreciated-no customers have called about it yet, and I'm hoping it doesn't get to that point! Thanks.
     
  2. DFW Area Landscaper

    DFW Area Landscaper LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
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  3. heavenlydeere

    heavenlydeere LawnSite Member
    Posts: 109

    try alternateing the way you mow, i try about 4 diff patterns rotated each week, works real good, nitrogen , i believe, will indeed help, good info dfw!
     
  4. Appalachian landscape

    Appalachian landscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    maybe the lawns should be watered more regularly.
     
  5. GreenUtah

    GreenUtah LawnSite Senior Member
    from SLC, UT
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    hg, did you experience a frost with this last storm complex? If you did and you early morning mow, while the grass was still crunchy, you broke the grass off at the crowns with the weight of your mower. If you are talking about wheel ruts in the summer time, while it is under stress, the same can apply. Make sure you rotate your cut pattern, as suggested above, everywhere you can and do not mow frosted turf or those in severe dought stress until conditions improve for the turf. A little N will help the lawn rebound while we are still here in the spring flush growth period and make sure that the dead areas do not get a chance to matte down, or that will slow your efforts to get them back and hidden.
     
  6. hgaerations

    hgaerations LawnSite Member
    Posts: 10

    Thanks for your input, guys. I didn't mow any lawns with any frost on them, but I am noticing that it isn't as bad on the lawns that have been watering for awhile. I have thoroughly washed down the tires of the mowers (and the mowers themselves) as well as my trailer. I took them all to a do-it-yourself car wash and scrubbed away. I guess now we just wait and time will tell. Is it possible, if sprinklers haven't been turned on, that the grass could already be stressed under the weight of the mower-this early in the season? I spoke to the people whose lawns seem to have it the worst and all of them either haven't turned on their sprinklers or just did. Thanks again for the help, everyone!
     
  7. alwaysgreener

    alwaysgreener LawnSite Member
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    These stripes result from mowing when the plant is entering the early stages of drought stress.. The wheels,mower housing, blade, and/or feet apparently destroy the integrity of the leaves and thus even when the area is watered, the leaves will not green-up.The plant will regrow from the crown given four weeks or more with regular irrigation or rainfall and the stripes should disappear.
     
  8. hgaerations

    hgaerations LawnSite Member
    Posts: 10

    Thanks alwaysgreener-I would be willing to bet on that given we still have the watering restrictions here in CO. So in other words...I should just keep mowing and encourage them to water regularly, correct?
     
  9. Cimarron Landscape

    Cimarron Landscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 72

    curiosity-
    is there a possibility you mowed on grass that had some sort of herbicide applied to it? washing the tires would prevent that, so if you're still haveing problems after washing, I'd say it could be compaction. It won't get any better, so you might suggest to the owners to aerate the lawn. It's good to do it anyway about every 2 yrs, more/less depending on traffic.
    Definately rotate your pattern...also helps with the direction the grass grows, believe it or not.
    ~Brian
     
  10. Cimarron Landscape

    Cimarron Landscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 72

    didn't see always greener's reply....I agree with him. Disgregard my previous reply.
     

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