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8 acres of grass clippings

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Earth and Turf, Aug 27, 2006.

  1. Earth and Turf

    Earth and Turf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    I am working for a realtor there client has not mowed an 8 acre yard all year We have bushhogged it 2 times it is looking better. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to pick up the dead grass. no joking aside I have thought of using a hay rake and them loading it on my trailer. Is there any thing else i might use. I have about 5 miles to go to dump the grass so not real far. Thanks for the help
  2. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,309

    Fence it off and turn a herd of cows loose.
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Use gator (mulching blades) continually over it...it will eventually all decompose and disappear. I had a similar situtation earlier this year where the turf hadn't been cut since last year. Can't even tell anymore how bad it was (waist high).
  4. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,995

    mow it N to S at maximum height
    Mow it E to W at maximum height

    let it dry for 2 or 3 days
    double mow it again slightly lower

    then let nature decompose it
  5. Idealtim

    Idealtim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 939

    Got a 3-point rake? Even a york rake or tines would work if you just pile it with a tractor. Then, use a pitchfork for throwing it on the trailer. That stuff is easier to throw than you think. Raking 8 acres is just to hard-without a utility tractor.
  6. Scotts' Yard Care

    Scotts' Yard Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 343

    Carrying your idea of raking it one step farther; how about baling it for feed for horses or whatever?
  7. Earth and Turf

    Earth and Turf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    I do have a york rake and I have thought about baling it. But here is the biggest issue they only want to spend enough to just make it look decent. I hate doing half ass work but thats all they want. The realtor stopped by and saw the mess of grass and said we need to get it removed but not by mowing it 4 or 5 more times just by getting rid of it. I did not know if there was some sort of big vac type of deal but it would have to be huge. So if they want it as cheap as possible how do I bale it without the overhead of a hay baler. I have a JD 1070 tractor so I know its big enough to do it.
  8. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,967

    Better hope someone doesn't throw a cig in there. That would catch about as fast as fatlighter.
  9. imdawrlus

    imdawrlus LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    haha burn it
  10. Scotts' Yard Care

    Scotts' Yard Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 343

    Would it be possible to rent a field chopper with a hay head and chop this into a six wheeler dump bed? I know I'm kinda reachin' here but just considering possibilities:laugh: Sounds like a typical customer who wants the work done but doesn't want to pay for it:dizzy:

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