Striping

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jbell36, Apr 23, 2008.

  1. jbell36

    jbell36 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from KANSAS
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    what is the best way to stripe? i'm wondering about angles...we usually mow either parallel or perpendicular to the driveway or sidewalk then on the next mow we do a 45 degree angle in one direction...lately i've been noticing different companies doing different angles, such as going parallel to the drive way then a sharper angle, like maybe a 22.5 degrees? angle on the next mow...whats the best way?

    also, how many different directions do you eventually mow in a yard?
     
  2. A-Land

    A-Land LawnSite Senior Member
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    Two or three directions, maximum. I do two and alternate week by week.
     
  3. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    three usually, but on yards we cut more often i get in four.
     
  4. jbell36

    jbell36 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from KANSAS
    Posts: 1,295

    how steep of an angle, 45 degrees, 22.5 degrees, anything else?
     
  5. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 7,053

    I did these with my Cub Enforcer today.
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  6. A-Land

    A-Land LawnSite Senior Member
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    Something needs to be said about stripes. A stripe should be uniform, side to side. All you really have is tire tracks. Look at the grass between the tire marks, and you can see how there is really no difference stripe to stripe. So that's not a real stripe, that's just wheel marks.
     
  7. RickR1818

    RickR1818 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Can i jump in here, I just got a ZTR (Small Gravely). The question I have about striping/wheel marks is how do you hide where you turn at end of area. I cant get my lines to just end invisibly when i come to where I have to turn around and head back the other way. What is the trick?
     
  8. A-Land

    A-Land LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 856

    On a ztr make sure you turn into uncut grass. at the end of the row, turn away from what you have mowed and go ahead. Just stay away from what you have done.

    Depending on the application, you can also mow a header strip after you mow the rows to hide the turns at the end.
     
  9. DuraCutter

    DuraCutter LawnSite Senior Member
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    Nice stripes!! I guess the deere and wildlife probably enjoy the neat lines. :laugh:

    Most stripes are for the benefit of the lco, the guy cutting the lawn.

    In past discussions, it's a waste of time and money...:hammerhead:
     
  10. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 7,053

    Are you speaking of my pics? I mowed with the Cub without checking the cut height on the deck. After I got done and we were talking, I got a tape measure out and parked it on flat concrete. I noticed I needed the deck one notch from being all the way up. Sure enough the deck was over 3/4 in lower then the indicator said it was set at! Needless to say, I made a bunch of adjustments but haven't cut with it yet to see what the finished look will be. I'll know today. :)
     

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