scalping-cultural practice

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by NateinAtl, Feb 29, 2000.

  1. NateinAtl

    NateinAtl LawnSite Member
    from Atlanta
    Posts: 121

    Down here we are about ready to start the practice of scalping bermuda lawns. That is to say, cut away the dormant grass and allow the new grass to come through. What do you suggest I do about the clippings. They have to be taken away, but I don't have a bagger for my Exmark Turf Tracer. Should I invest in one even though I plan on mulching everyother time, or should I try to blow the clippings on to a tarp? What should I expect to pay for a bag? Do places rent them out? Thanks for your help.
     
  2. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
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    You might want to keep reserve money so you can buy a new mower after you burn up the old one trying to scalp the dreaded bermuda grass.
     
  3. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,183

    A cheap, but effective way to remove those clippings is to rent, buy, whatever a pull behind leaf sweeper. They don't do worth a crap on leaves but do extremely well on clippings. You can get them for $199.00 at Lowes (AGRI-FAB version).<p>Homer
     
  4. Hello:<br> <br> Scalping is extremely tuff on a rotary mower. If you don't have a extra tough 21&quot; commercial bagger. You might consider renting a gas reel w/front bagger which will cut through it like hot butter even if its only got a, yes that's right a 3 hp B&S engine.<p>I've seen a 23hp hydro bog down on bermuda & a 20&quot; reel cut down into the dirt if it hits a hole.<p>That Exmark Turf Tracer is a very nice machine, don't ruin it on scalping bermuda. In most cases you will have to blow it on a tarp anyway, because it's a mess.<p>In most cases scalping that Bermuda you will get a min. of 3 to 5 times as much scalping than cutting the thickest, heaviest in the fastest time of the growing season!<p>----------<br>GrassMaster - Home: www.lawnservicing.com<br>My Start Up Page www.lawnservicing.com/startup/
     
  5. richard

    richard Banned
    Posts: 74

    reel is the only way to go...i use a 1967 toro rear throw and it can mow way shorter than any rotary mower ever wished...cal trims are okay too<br>
     
  6. john boylan

    john boylan LawnSite Member
    Posts: 13

    Yes, bermudagrass will bog a JD 445 if you try to take it all at one gulp. The way to do it with less stress on your equipment is to take it down gradually. I don't believe it takes any longer overall than creeping along with the blade in the dirt. It all gets bagged/dumped anyway, so go 1/4 to 1/2 inch at a time and run the mower faster.
     
  7. southside

    southside LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 790

    I agree with John.Cut it in 1/4&quot; increments.<br>Most grasses do not cope well with having <br>so much cut off in one lot.Plus you would<br>probably burn out your mower.If you must scalp the grass,have you considered getting<br>a small bush hog in to do it? Mine can cut as<br>low as 90% of mowers.
     

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