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Any advice would be greatly appreciated .....

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Jonathanmb1974, May 17, 2008.

  1. Jonathanmb1974

    Jonathanmb1974 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    Ok, had a lady call me for an estimate today for her yard. Her previous LCO was let go because he somehow managed to kill her sod in the front yard. Funny thing is, its only dead in his tire tracks. I spoke to the LCO about it, and he said he always changed his route. He's been around for a while so I doubt he was pullin my leg. Any ideas on how this could have happened and how I can fix it other than resodding?
  2. billslawn89

    billslawn89 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,365

    was the grass dry and brown when he mowed?
  3. XterraJohn

    XterraJohn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178

    If he really did change his route each time, how is the grass only dead in his tire tracks, as he would have tire tracks going all over the place? Do you have a way to upload and pictures of the dead grass?
  4. Jonathanmb1974

    Jonathanmb1974 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    You can see his old tire tracks .. its just the recent ones that are browned out. It has been kinda dry and the customer doesn't have irrigation. That's another progect I'm getting for her.
  5. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,426

    The grass is apparently stressed (too stressed to take the weight of a ZTR apparently). Sounds like it needs rain, irrigation. Any well watered lawn should not have this problem. Is it cut at the proper height for your area and grass type?
  6. Jonathanmb1974

    Jonathanmb1974 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    I measured it in a few spots when I gave her the estimate and it was on average 3", which for centipede is good. Do you think if I just walk mow it and keep it watered it might come back?
  7. cuttin-up

    cuttin-up LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    If he used a z-turn a hydraulic hose could have been leaking, that would explain why its dead near his tire tracks only, but you would think if he had a leak that bad he would know it.
  8. touhey33

    touhey33 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 778

    My guess is the grass isn't dead. If its been dry the grass has probably strated to go dormant. Just tell her to keep it watered and it should come back in a couple of weeks. If she doesn't keep it watered and it stays hot and dry, then the grass will stay dormant until conditions change. At least thats with cool season grasses. Its also possible that there is a fungus in the lawn and the tire tracks spread the fungus.

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