Cutting parking lot islands

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by grassguy123, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. grassguy123

    grassguy123 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 96

    The worst part about commercial work are the small grass islands in the parking lots. Does anyone have any tips on that for me.

    If you take the mower up there it shoots all the grass off, and when you try to blow the grass back on the islands are so small it shoots off the other end.

    If you use a weed whacker theres still a mess to clean up and its still hard to blow it back on the island.

    If you use a mower and bagger, its a pain to dispose of the grass and most of the time the bagger gets in the way so you cant use it anyway.

  2. Landscraper1

    Landscraper1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Southeastern Ma.
    Messages: 753

    We use a mower with a rear catcher. Does'nt make a mess or get in the way.
  3. Cooter

    Cooter LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE Iowa
    Messages: 510

    Mulching mower.
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  4. M&S_Lawncare

    M&S_Lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 111

    We make 2 passes blowing the clippings into the island and then start to alternate our passes. Very little clippings... I will try to post some pics when we go out this week....
  5. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,554

    Bingo we have a winner.....just put the plate over all your mowers
    and not more chasing grass on commericial properties. Most island can be done with weed eater and usually looks better.
  6. Scarlawnturf

    Scarlawnturf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    I believe that your best results for small skinny islands, are a 21 inch with a mulcher or bagger. You have to be really good at using a weed eater to do an island. Usually looks like crap. One of my pet peaves in this area is guys trying to use a 60 in Exmark z turn to do everything, even islands. I drive by a house every day that is about 1,000 sq. ft. and someone cuts with a 60 in z turn. Ruts everywhere! I'm sorry, but small properties should usually be cut by smaller mowers.
  7. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 41,957

    I put the bagger on.

    Man, I love bagging.
  8. demhustler

    demhustler LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,322

    - close discharge opening (simple rubber plate,like OCDC, discharge chute)
    in low rpm - it leaving less mess than the trimmer
    you might deal with the windrows,stripes of cut crass - easy to handle, beets bagging
  9. milkie62

    milkie62 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 834

    A little off post but I got a kick out of the guy that claims he mulches grass over 1 foot tall with no mess
  10. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,463

    like others have said either use a mulching mower or a mower with a rear bagger. not rocket science.

    those islands are small. i'd bust out my 21 inch toro every time. i an either mulch with it or bag it. not worth putting anything larger on it.

    i guess it depends on where you live but it's not that hard to dispose of the grass. dump it in your truck bed and haul it off to the compost site at the end of the day or if you don't have very much at all use those recycle paper bags and put them in your trash.

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