Darn Divots

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by rslawnscapes, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. rslawnscapes

    rslawnscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    I'm having a heck of a time reducing/eliminating those awful divots caused by turning a zero turn too quickly.The scag manual suggests 3 point turns as a solution.I've tried that.I really try to feather it on all my turns but still have problems.I can't help but think weight plays a role as my walkbehind doesn't have as much of a problem.Any suggestions?Anyone else have success in this area?
    Rippin it in vt
  2. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    Slow down, and dont let 1 tire stop while turning,,,, make one tire go frontwards, while the other go backwards, BUT SLOW.....

    It will take a while to get the hang of it, and when it's wet, it's worse......

    Keep going and it will become natural, I CANT make them anymore, and when I hire NEW help I cant understand how they make them....

  3. CFB

    CFB LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 515

    I am fine on a z or a belt wb, but man my toro tbar is terrible about this. The hydro's are so jerky I stand no chance when it's wet.
  4. rslawnscapes

    rslawnscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    Thanks.that's the key.I will chisel that on my forehead.
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Yeah you did just answer your own question lol

    But I always carry a spare bag of seed in the truck anymore, whether it's left over from a job or if I run out I buy one, 50 pounds and sure it's not usually full... But whenever my mower or I leave a bare spot, I grab some seed and throw it down by the handful, it really helps patch things up. I also use it on my full service accounts to patch up most any bare spots regardless of reason, unless it's just a really big area, the customers seem to like that I do this.

    And it does cost a bit, but it helps me slow down in ways ahaha
  6. greenred

    greenred LawnSite Senior Member
    from IL
    Messages: 916

    I did basically the same thing but instead of just seed I kept that scotts product that is mulch/fertilizer/seed all in one to patch divots. The green color of the stuff helped not make the divot stand out so bad. It really worked well for me as the lawns I usually used it on where over watered and over fertilized so the grass grew back very quickly. That stuff is a little expensive but 1. it helped me perfect my ZTR operating technique so I did not ( for the most part lol) cause them in the first place and 2. it was a heck of a lot cheaper then losing an account over something so easy to fix.

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