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Borders first or mow(striping) first

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bbailey, Aug 2, 2006.

  1. bbailey

    bbailey LawnSite Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 115

    New to the zero turn mowing, got my first one a week ago and I was wondering if you guys mow all around the edges of your properties first then stripe or stripe then mow around the edges? What looks cleaner? I have been mowing for over 12 years now and never really considered striping until I found lawnsite and now I am obsessed with striping. Even more now with the zero turn! Thanks ahead for all your help.:waving:
  2. BPLS1993

    BPLS1993 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    I use 52 standers and have allways gone around the borders first follwed by the remainder of the turf, the reason i do this is because if i do the border last there may have been turns where i cut it short and then when i go around the border there is a "small triangle" that i may have missed, if i go around the border first, my turns are allways sure to cross that line and i wont need to go back and get those "triangles"
  3. mower_babe

    mower_babe LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 790

    Always outline first. For above posters reason.
  4. WJW Lawn

    WJW Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,330

    What did you get?? How do you like it?
  5. bbailey

    bbailey LawnSite Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 115

    New 2006 John Deere 757 Ztrak with a 54" deck. I don't like it I love it. This mower is AWESOME. I took one of my other machines in for service and they let me take one on a demo. That was it, I had to have one. Damn salesman!!! I have been experimenting with it cutting different ways, but I wanted some of your professional advice. Thanks
  6. Idealtim

    Idealtim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 939

    Before, sometimes after on lawns that stripes stand out on.
  7. Dashunde

    Dashunde LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 638

    I mow first, then clean up by running the borders, it looks real nice that way.

    Some people will run the borders first, then mow, then borders again to clean-up their turn marks/tracks left from striping.
    I dont do that because; 1) it takes more time and, 2) its double-hard on the turf because week after week after week you will always do the borders in the exact same way with the chute facing inward... you'll burn a path if you go 'round more than its needed.
  8. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
    from Wa
    Messages: 2,869

    I totally agree with the above post .
  9. dcgreenspro

    dcgreenspro LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 688

    double clean up first. gives plenty of room for turning and you can alterante every week where i turn.
  10. Dashunde

    Dashunde LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 638

    You do your clean-up round with the chute facing the mulch and so on?
    Or just the 2nd pass thats further away? <-- That might look kinda cool with the stripe of it being reversed.

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