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When Is The Mowing Season Over For You

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Daner, Aug 29, 2006.

  1. Daner

    Daner LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,308

    So when Is It all done and over for you In your part of the country. And what do you do to store and protect your equipment?
  2. jazak

    jazak LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 843

    When the grass stops growing.:cry: It goes in the garage until next spring.
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    Same here, every yard is a bit different and they stop growing at different times but:

    A FEW of your pitas and possibly one or two that you would not have expected to do this will call you in September to tell you the grass isn't growing so they don't need you to come out anymore (and in a 'this is final' tone).
    In VERY few instances is it really ok, in most of these cases this is one to watch come next spring you need to go sneak a look IF they call (cuz likely it will be way over grown), thou more than a few of these never call you back and I'm not about to call them, it's usually just a lame way of getting out of having our services.

    As for the rest, there is a short burst usually starting about now through september, it is almost like spring but not quite. Then the lawns slow down and stop growing some in October, others in November, a few might require one final cut in December, it all depends but somewhere in that time frame here in virginia, they all stop growing. Keep in mind they all slow down after september so it might only require 1-2 cuts / month.
  4. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,850

    usually last weekly cut is around halloween then one more final cut 2-3 weeks later in the middle of leaves
  5. Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,196

    i usually stop mowing in the middle of november and finish cleanups the last week of december. this year my stuff will get a coat of fluid film (just discovered it this year) and get tarped up on the trailer again until the first week of march.
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    Oh yeah, that reminds me:

    TRY real hard to run all the fuel out or as close to it for your equipment, this I do starting in October, I also use the fuel syphon kit to transfer the last of it out and use it in the leaf equipment (like the blower) also I let all but one of my 5-gallon cans run out as well, so most of my stuff is empty of fuel come winter.

    For the stuff that still has fuel, I always add a shot (one pint / 5 gallons) of Sunoco 110 leaded racing gas to all my fuel which acts as a preservative but even before that, fuel stays fresh enough in the 1-2 month hiatus I take, no biggie.

    And yes, definitely put under the house and/or cover with tarp and I like spraying things down with wd-40 as well.
  7. Sandgropher

    Sandgropher LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 909

    We mow all year round here :) nov-march the busiets season.
  8. MysticLandscape

    MysticLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,020

    Finished clean-ups the first week of december unless it snows then its before than. Store my stuff in the enclosed trailer.
  9. sweatyclippingcoveredguy

    sweatyclippingcoveredguy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 183

    Me and the wifey were seriously considering moving to Australia. Not only because of the green industry but because the country is actively looking for qualified American college graduates. I've heard one professor say that they offer Top dollar for teachers, which is my major, any truth to this?
  10. rixtag

    rixtag LawnSite Senior Member
    from Lehi Ut
    Posts: 280

    Our turf pretty much shuts down between Halloween and 2 weeks into Nov. I store my w/b outside with 2 tarps and off the tires. All other equipment goes in the garage. I block the mower up to keep the tires from getting flat spots. I run my last tank, in the 4 strokes, with Stabil and I change the oil. The 2 strokes have stablizer in the oil. Then let the boredom begin.

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