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Yea yea bagging is for the birds...or is it

Well, what is the best method for taking care of grass. You guys ever hear of floppy grass??? probably not since I just made it up, but is anykind of grass that either doesn't get sucked up right, or smushed by tires, or something weird, I get it from time to time,,,,,,i hate it,,, my question is how to get rid of it???

These are some options people have given me on this site..

these are 1/4 lots with a 42" 21HP rider

1. Double blade side discharge

2. Mulching ..(thats what I run..lol)

3. Bag it.......If I bag a lawn, I would ask the customer if its ok to leave a grass bag once a week or so, usually that should be just fine with them, so bagging is ok, and not a pain this way.

1 more thing......which one makes the lawn look the best??? in my situation and in ur opinion
 

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Greenman - Did you bother to read his post or you just saw the title? He's asking for help with getting "floppy grass" to stand up. I don't recall any posts about floppy grass recently, and didn't find any by doing a search either.

Husky - I know what you mean, I have that problem sometimes, especially with blue grass if it gets long and it's worse on my machines when mulching as opposed to discharging.

When I'm mulching, it's especially a problem if I cut at 3.5 inches or over. Not much of a problem at 3 and under. I'll cut a little shorter if I can and cross cut at 45 degrees if it's really bad (seems to work better than a 90 degree cross cut). I also have a JRCO tine rake that stands it up pretty well, but it's not something I do on a regular basis.

I only bag when I absolutely have to.
 

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Originally posted by darryl gesner
He's asking for help with getting "floppy grass" to stand up.
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DG, don't remember that question in his post at all.
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Bagging is extra work no matter where you leave the 'bag', mulching would be what I'd do. If you have any decent mulching system, it should be able to chop it to a point of not being able to tell if it's been bagged or mulched.
Specifically what kind of grass are you dealing with?
Is the lawn getting watered regularly? Dried out grass will lay down and stay down.
If you should end up bagging, for what ever reason, you really should charge more for your services.
 

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Husky, on your mulching set-up, do you have each blade enclosed in its own 'chamber' or is it still spitting it all towards the discharge chute? If you don't have a mulching kit installed that encloses each blade, I would do that first, it allows a cleaner result. Also, keep your deck scraped clean of any debris that wants to build up under it - clean decks have a much better vacuum. Make sure your blades are sharp and have a good lift foil on them, no damage, etc.
 

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Lift foil??? not sure what that is..sorry.....Well ok, and yea they are enclosed...but this is a husqvarna,,, nothing like an exmark(want 1 so bad) keeping this machine clean is next to impossible, someone told me that running gator blades over high lifts and with the mulch kit on would do wonderfully??? what do u think

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You guys ever hear of floppy grass??? probably not since I just made it up, but is anykind of grass that either doesn't get sucked up right, or smushed by tires, or something weird, I get it from time to time,,,,,,i hate it,,, my question is how to get rid of it???
thanks darryl,, read before you guys get all mad
 

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Well, you may be able to get away with that but my experience with doubles was that they ate too much HP. Never really tried it with the gators, though. The foil is the part of the blade that creates the lift, which is where I see the most wear at on our blades (lotsa sand here).

I can't stress it enough, make sure that your blades stay sharp.
 

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I think i have HP to spare on a 42" 21horses........I think,,,heck i dunno I've never ran it with anything other than mulch kit with mulching blades,,,, I would like some incite if people have tried this, or know people who have ,and what the best setup is for the best results????

I HATE FLOPPY GRASS....I think people are starting to use this new word I made.......do I win something for that
 

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Since you already have the mulching kit try using doubles to create more lift (helps the "floppy" grass get sucked upward so it can be cut) and chopped up finer with the doubles. Give it a try and let us know how it turns out.


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I feel that no matter what you will come across grasses that just lay right down and don't stand up. We have one property that we do that I don't even want the 52" on it because it lays out, and doesn't pop back up until 2 to 3 days later. Its horrible! I have tried to suggest information to the customers but they don't listen.
 

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Originally posted by darryl gesner
Greenman - Did you bother to read his post or you just saw the title? He's asking for help with getting "floppy grass" to stand up. I don't recall any posts about floppy grass recently, and didn't find any by doing a search either.

Nope, I just thought it was another bag vs. mulch thread. I thought I skimmed over it, but I dont recall seeing anything about "floppy grass". All I remember reading was the first short sentence. :confused: But, I dont see the edit quoted either. Again:confused:
 

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Greenman - Yeah, the floppy grass part in kind of buried in Husky's post, but is the focus of it. You weren't the only one who missed it.

Considering the thread title and that you have to read it carefully, it's perfectly understandable. I forgive you.:)

Husky - You're welcome.
 

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Well yea....um...sometimes.

Floppy GRass is that grass that is here and there,,,whenever it wants to be.... Maybe you have yet to see it...BLESS YOU!!!

You'll be mowing,,,to the norm for me its residential properties......and you will see your path and then, as you look, you notice that the mower is cutting at the height u set it to,, but the grass, is kind of "flopped" over on the ground, giving you the cut much higher than you were anticipating..its also usually worst where your tired run and make there turns...wet dry no matter...oh and its not all the time in the same properties,,,,which baffles me???? ..That my friend.....is FLOPPY GRASS.... and I don't have a rabbit....
 
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