tips for long grass

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by stephenslawncare, Apr 7, 2007.

  1. stephenslawncare

    stephenslawncare LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 81

    around here, the yards are growing so fast that even weekly cutting is not enough and was wondering if any of you had tips on keeping the grass from clumping because i am on a tight schedule and double cutting is time comsuming and so is blowing out the clumps.
    currently i am

    scraping out the deck daily
    keeping my blades sharp
    raising the discharge chute for better discharge

    Bagging is not an option. Would a blocker over the discharge hole help or would that turn it into a mulch mower and clogg up the deck??? any opinions are greatly appreciated

    Are there special blades that would help???
     
  2. Lawnut101

    Lawnut101 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,254

    I don't know, maybe try Gator blades or charge people more for cleanup. I've heard the Gator blades are good. They have a serrated edge on top.
     
  3. causalitist

    causalitist LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 610

    personally, ive found that gators/mulching blades make it worse. they chop so much so it sticks together more.
     
  4. firelwn

    firelwn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 99

    I like the gators. High lift and the thicker blade seem to work the best, for me that is. I only cut twice and after that they have issues. I had one customer that her Sod floated 'literaly' cause she watered so much Had to quadrupal cut just to make it look decent. I asked her many times to water three times a week. Needless to say she quit, but she has called me every year for 3 years to come back. I say Aaa no way. Maybe just talk to your customers.. My 2 cents..
     
  5. I've been using double blades on my WB. Gators on the top and high lifts on the bottom.
    You should have plenty of power to use such a set up.
    It really chops up the clippings and blows them out so hard they disperse well.
    Of course then you're faced with blowing clippings out of the beds, the street, off of cars, the side of the house. Plus if you hit anything it becomes a missile so keep your eyes pealed.

    Dave
     
  6. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,785

    i think the gators make it worse too, its tighter balls of clumps that are difficult to blow out with a backpack and doesnt work cutting on the second time. my proposals say we may be there more than once a week at our discression in times of heavy and quick growth. if its growing that quick, mow it quicker and charge another cut. lift the deck higher too.
     
  7. chuck bow

    chuck bow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 701

    What works for me/us is all decks are running a high lift blade on discharge side and 2 standard lifts on the other 2 . Be adviced stay away from cars and houses because it can cause a mess but not near as much trouble with clumping and dispersal is great
     
  8. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    Make your cut as you would normally. Go back over the clumps a second time with your deck raised at least 1/2" higher or at transport level...end of clumps and it's about the quickest way to disperse them.
     
  9. BUCKEYE MOWING

    BUCKEYE MOWING LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,169

    I am with rodfather....no sense walking around with a blower trying to get rid of them ....
     
  10. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    Exactly, Gator type blades are horrible on wet grass. On the fast growing props that get fert and maybe irrigated, they go on a 5 day rotation in heavy growth season. Either that or someone else can do the job.
     

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