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Best way to keep tall, wet grass off driveways/sidewalks

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Mr. Magpie, Aug 10, 2005.

  1. Mr. Magpie

    Mr. Magpie LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    What is the best way to keep tall, wet St. Augustine grass off walls, sidewalks, pools, walkways and driveways on small, crowded residential lawns? Assume it is impossible to mulch except for small, quick areas. This includes mowing, weedwacking, everything. You may assume a one or two man crew. When we deploy the blowers, we want to have about the same time as if everything was dry.

    We have a 36" ZTR.
  2. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    NO expert at all but you could do a header strip around the whole area to be mowed first then turn around on this instead of on the walk or driveway. Just a thought, my 2 cents.
  3. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    Meg-mos OCDC
  4. wojo23323

    wojo23323 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 608

    Bag the grass.
  5. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,465

    I don't understand why you don't mulch especially since you are doing small yards. We do this every day for many many years with little problems.
  6. Mr. Magpie

    Mr. Magpie LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    Not enough power to mulch because the grass is too tall and wet. We got a 36"/16HP Honda. It bogs down in discharge mode..... mulching would probably stop it in its tracks, especially with about 30% of the deck volume wasted to wet grass accumulation under the deck (I'm waiting for some spray to come in the mail to coat the deck).

    How do meg-mo's apply here? Do they come with a miracle b/c everybody has been saying they do this and that.....

    What is a "header strip" and why would I want to "turn around on it"?

    Our ideas: For 2+ crew, one holds a piece of plywood up to guard problem areas..... also, use a blower to guard. Also, bring a portable "wall" made of whatever and set the thing up along the problem areas and have it at. What do you all think?
  7. Mr. Magpie

    Mr. Magpie LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    Sorry, but I want to hear all your ideas and solutions.
  8. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    This part IS a Joke right? :dizzy:

    ALL you need is to spend $200 bucks for a OCDC...problem gone..

    or bag....and if a 16HP engine on just a little 36" deck won't mulch and bogs down you've got more problems than some wet grass on concrete cause that motor should mulch with no problem.
  9. grassman5

    grassman5 LawnSite Member
    from zone 6
    Messages: 10

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  10. Twigs

    Twigs LawnSite Member
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