What brand reel for Bermuda/paspalum/zoysia

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by Florida Gardener, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. Not really if you think about it. A commercial trimmer is $350+. When you consider that the average account that has a specialty grass here goes for 1000+/mo, it is a great investment. Most yard boys are too dumb to look at the big picture. Hell, most of em only want to cut Bahia and St. Aug. BTW, I was referring to St. Aug in my last post.
     
  2. greendoctor

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    I had a feeling you were. The proper tool for st augustine is a rotary mower set fairly high. I regularly chew yard people out for scalping st augustine with a weedeater and letting zoysia and bermuda get higher and higher because the string cannot cut it low enough. On small areas, that bladed trimmer produces a premium cut. But, as you said most yard boys do not look at the big picture. I have to turn away lots of mowing work because I am a one man operation. I tell clients how the grass should be groomed and they would rather have me do it.
     
  3. Yea, St Aug cut too short is the norm here. I cut mine at 4" in the winter and 4.25-4.5 in the summer.
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  4. greendoctor

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    No lower than 4" is about right if we are talking about the regular fast growing cultivars. I have confirmed with sod growers in my state that the st augustine here is usually Texas common or Floralawn. Not the new ultra dwarf varieties. So a 1" or 2" cut is not the wisest thing to do.
     
  5. Yea, floratam is the most common here. I don't see many people using dwarf cultivars. It is mind boggling to me why people think a white or yellow lawn looks good after a nice scalp???
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  6. greendoctor

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    They stop liking that look when they are educated about the consequences of scalping st augustine. Usually in Hawaii, st augustine is a specialty grass used on sites that are too shady for bermuda or zoysia. Scalping under those conditions will mean a mud lawn within a year. In Florida, in the sun, I would imagine converting the lawn to crabgrass or bermuda as a consequence for abusing the lawn.
     
  7. Bermuda will invade a healthy yard. A scalped yard means you now have a 50-50 mix. CG will also invade any chance it gets.
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  8. greendoctor

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    I suppose that is related to using st augustine in the sun. I do not see crabgrass or bermuda invading st augustine here, provided it is never scalped and grown in partial shade. My definition of crazy is putting st augustine out in 90+ degree weather and in full sun with watering restrictions and fertilizer restrictions. Under those conditions, bermuda has the definite advantage.
     
  9. Yea, I will not take on an account if there is no irrigation and they won't fert. They can call Juan or Billy bob for that.
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  10. greendoctor

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    On my end, I do not take accounts that are not properly mowed. As for the irrigation. I set the controllers. When that is tampered with, they can find someone else to manage their lawn.
     

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