Call me dumb, but a legitimate question:

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by clemsonfan69, Nov 21, 2004.

  1. clemsonfan69

    clemsonfan69 LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 41

    Im new to the business. Mower Im using (for now) Dixon 42" zero turn. My question:

    I see so many yards (open space) that have criss-cross patterns from the way someone cut it. How do you go about doing this correctly?

    Edit: Pattern 1 and 2 are in the same cut, not differnet ones.

    Wouldnt you technically be mowing the yard twice?

  2. 0money

    0money LawnSite Member
    from Around
    Messages: 62

    Thats not a dumb question thats a good question I would like to know the answer to that one my self?
  3. twwlawn

    twwlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    That's call stripping.
  4. clemsonfan69

    clemsonfan69 LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 41

    Is there a how to?

    Also, I found and attachment for push mowers but what about zero-turn riders?

  5. twwlawn

    twwlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    Yes they make them for ZTR's. Use the search function and you will get a lot of information on this subject.
  6. twins_lawn_care

    twins_lawn_care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 932

    typically you do one direction each week. the previous week's stripes are still visible week to week, and sometimes gives the impression of the criss cross. you can also do both directions in one week, but then yes you are cutting it twice then.

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    Yes, they might have cut the lawn twice in different directions, or you could be seeing opposing patterns from the past two weeks. Some mowers 'stripe' better than others, many of them you can buy a separate striping kit for. Also, the striping effect differs from grass type to grass type.
  8. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    Hoolie hit the nail right on the head
  9. LawnBoy89

    LawnBoy89 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 967

    When I try to do the checkers, like they said I usually just go the opposite way I did last week. I find it to be good for the lawn to switch it up because when you keep mowing it in the same direction you get ruts and stuff like that.

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