Striping

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LifeBack Lawns, Jul 2, 2013.

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  1. LifeBack Lawns

    LifeBack Lawns LawnSite Member
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    Any Ideas why the "diamonds" aren't popping out or defined? My thought is it looks pretty dry though we have been getting crazy amounts of rainfall. It is a tall fescue and cut at 4.25'' the next cut was at 4.5''. This yard has been neglected as you can tell by the shrubbery. It has some clover and just about anything you can find in a southern yard where they want a cut and no turf maintenance.

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  2. zo6

    zo6 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Whats your deck pitched at?? Its not a bobcat is it?
     
  3. Khazaad

    Khazaad LawnSite Member
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    You probably have a picture of a professional baseball field in your mind when you're comparing your patterning vs. what you're trying to get.

    The "lines" you may be hoping for occur because the turf is literally rolled flat in different directions. The significantly smaller footprint your mower leaves in an attempt to create the same effect is incomparable.

    Perspective is everything: The elevated vantage point you captured these pictures shows a pretty harsh view of the lawn and many of its imperfections. Also consider the size of the lawn, vs. the size of the mower's footprint to reemphasize the point above; Take the upper right hand quarter of the lawn in the picture. If the entire front yard was only that large, the effect would appear a lot closer to what I imagine you had in mind.

    For what it's worth to you, the obvious, deliberate variation in your mow lines coupled with the fact you'd post this question on a forum in the first place are a testament to your professionalism. That customer is lucky to have you.
     
  4. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
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    Probably cut too short.
     
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2013
  5. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
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    it's hard to stripe clover and weeds...

    Here is one we do that is basically the same way, and cut at 3"!!! ugh...
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  6. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Looks like the lawn needs some Fert Dark green grass shows strips better
     
  7. Promise-Land

    Promise-Land LawnSite Member
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    Check your deck pitch, tire pressure, use high lifts, and try cutting a little shorter.
     
  8. LifeBack Lawns

    LifeBack Lawns LawnSite Member
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    It is an 1/8" higher in the rear and no it is not a bobcat.
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  9. LifeBack Lawns

    LifeBack Lawns LawnSite Member
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    The neighborhood is one of those where everything has to be kept up, prefer the grass cut on x day even they are mainly weeds, etc. I understand cool season and warm season grasses are different ad lay down differently. I also know that the amount of light and angle matters too. I know their are a few things to take into consideration, but not much you do with a neglected and weed infested yard I guess.
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  10. LifeBack Lawns

    LifeBack Lawns LawnSite Member
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    When is 4.25" too short for tall fescue mixed with a lot of weeds?
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