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when to trim

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by GLS, Nov 15, 2001.

  1. GLS

    GLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,174

    Normally I trim after I mow, but when there are leaves on the ground, when I go to trim, they all fly back over onto the lawn. Is it better to trim before I mow?
  2. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,662

    This late in the season you should pretty much be able to trim every third week or so because the turf has slowed down so much.

    We trimmed once the middle of Oct and then the first week of Nov was it for the edges. :D
  3. TGCummings

    TGCummings LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 773

    I always trim before I mow so my mower can mulch up the trimmings, leaves, etc. left behind. :)
  4. GLS

    GLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,174

    Isn't it a pain to trim beforehand though since you have to trim everything...After I mow, some places just don't need it, and it saves time.
  5. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,969

    In the fall, I always blow leaves off all pavement and away from all edges (fences, beds, trees in lawn, buildings, etc.). Then mow, and trim if necessary.
  6. TGCummings

    TGCummings LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 773

    That's a good idea, Jim. ;)

    You might be right, Oryan, that I'm spending needless time trimming. Once you have a feel for a place, though (say, after you've done it a few times), you pretty much know where you need to trim and not.

    I've heard said on here before that some folks save time by trimming after mowing but I've always believed it saved me time to trim before since the mower can pick up/mulch up what I've trimmed. As an experiment, I might try doing it all the other way for a week and check my results... ;)
  7. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,662


    The reason why many will do the trimming last is because then they wont over/under trim. If you are a solo operation then you will know what has to be trimmed and where since you are familiar with how close your machines can get to bedlines/foundations etc.

  8. TGCummings

    TGCummings LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 773


    Yeah, that's kinda what I was trying to say. ;)

    The thing I wonder, and why I think I might experiment going the other way, is I'm probably in automaton mode on places I'm familiar with and I'll bet I'm running the trimmer over areas that don't need it just because I always do... :alien:

    Did that makes sense?
  9. George777

    George777 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 305

    I agree with kutnkru, trimming is not needed every week this late in the season. I like to blow all the leaves from the curb and driveway back onto the lawn so I can then vaccum them up. During the summer I like to edge and trim before mowing the turf.
  10. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    No warm season grasses growing this time of year. No trimming since Oct 1.

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