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Circles in grass????

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by sildoc, Apr 29, 2005.

  1. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    Ok I am pretty sure what is going on with these darn circles. I have a new client that I just picked up. I mow all of my lawns at 3" and mowed his 3 times at 3". He Ferted a week before I took over and has been growing at a rate of 5-6 inches a week.
    He wanted me to cut it shorter 2.5 inches so I did telling him that I didn't think it would look good and the whole 1/3d rule spiel.
    Any ways long story short. after mowing at 2.5" it seemed to leave circles in the turf where I emptied the bag and scalped several areas.
    All of my settings were right on and level but he seems to think that I did something wrong even though I told him I did not think it was wise to cut lower in the first place.
    My question is what do you guys think caused this?
    And how can I prevent it again. Knowing the 1/3d rule.
  2. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 963

    The blades scalping the yard as stated. If the turf is growing as fast as you said, mow it next week at 3" and I bet they will be gone. Don't let customers talk you into doing what you know is not right. The taller the better as long as it looks good (better root length as long as he waters correctly, better weed germination resistance, etc.) Good luck!
  3. Chris Wagner

    Chris Wagner LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 252

    Another possibility... applicator error.
  4. imograss

    imograss LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 796

    The circles are from the wet grass that was stuck to the underside of your deck, being driven into the turf while the mower was sitting still with the blades on.
  5. Macvols

    Macvols LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    Sometimes when I answer the phone and forget, and leave the blades on (sitting still), it will leave blade circles also. What usually solves the problem is to lower your anti-scalp wheels. Better yet, check your owners manual.
    I have customers that I cannot convince that longer is better. I usually tell them I cannot adjust striping kit and anti-scalpers each week and drop them. Plus not to mention the extra strain on the motor. I will not take on a lawn of full bermuda. But LCO is my second job and I can afford to fire a few. I am a park manager of 240 acres with 30 acres of that being athletic fields so I am pretty tired after 5. Hope this helps

  6. lawnranger44

    lawnranger44 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    You answer the phone while you're mowing?! ;)
  7. Littleriver1

    Littleriver1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 811

    Why don't you set the blades a 3" and tell him it's at 2 1/2".
  8. GrassBustersLawn

    GrassBustersLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 981

    Don't BAG and your problem is solved! So many problems solved by not BAGGING.

  9. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087

    A 1/2" is not enough to matter except with turf quality and appearance.

    I'd tell the customer this and refuse to mow it lower than 3" for it to look like crap.

    I mow nothing closer than 3" period at any time. I tell the customer about health, cultural practice, turf quality and apprearance. If this does not hook them, then I simply state that all my other customers have no problem with it and I will not adjust everything on my mower to accomodate just ONE person..... and I won't.
  10. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    This is using a honda HrC216HXA mower. I hate to bag but with the amount of growth and wet turf we have If I don't I will spend all day on one lawn. It is rye grass not warm weather bermuda or other grass.

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