Solo Ops -To mow or trim first?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by CGC, Jul 12, 2007.

  1. CGC

    CGC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    Which do you find is more time efficient?

    Thanks for your time.
  2. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 2,994

    Usually mow first. But it depends on the overgrowth of what needs to be trimmed and edged. If it is crazy, then I do the majority of the edging and trimming first so I can mulch up the debris with the mower.
  3. KTO Enterprises

    KTO Enterprises LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,286

    Same here. Why waste time trimming something because you arent sure if you can get to it with a mower or not, or leave something that the mower cant get to and having to come back with the trimmer again.
  4. thesargent

    thesargent LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 400

    depends on my mood. sometimes i trim first and mow, sometimes it the other way around. unless it long, then what GRITS said.
  5. dougmartin2003

    dougmartin2003 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 337

    i mow first them trim
  6. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,742

    mow then trim
  7. Midwest Lawn Services

    Midwest Lawn Services LawnSite Member
    Posts: 211

    We trim first, then mow. It leaves a cleaner look in my opinion.
  8. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Senior Moderator
    Posts: 6,074

    First cut of the season, or taking on a new lawn that needs shaped up... Matt will trim first. But otherwise, it's easier to mow first. Trim first, and you'll find yourself trimming more than necessary.
  9. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,513

    If you mow the same yards every week, how can you not know what the mower will or will not cut? I always trim and edge first since it does leave a cleaner look, like Midwest said.
  10. WHIPPLE5.7

    WHIPPLE5.7 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 958

    I try to trim my regulars twice as low as the mow so I can do a quicky trim or no trim at all the next week. I know it seems lazy on my part but my customers don't seem to notice or mind and it saves me a bunch of time.

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