Double cutting

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by J-Dubb, Aug 21, 2005.

  1. J-Dubb

    J-Dubb LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    Can someone explain the concept, technique and advantages of "double cutting"? Is it worth the time?
  2. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    Double cutting is where you make one complete pass, turn around, and make that same pass again. Advantages are a better cut for one, two you clean up all the stringers left behind that were not cut, three, you chop the rest of the clippings up. Down here on my st.augustine lawns, it is essential. Makes the lawn look like a carpet.
  3. J-Dubb

    J-Dubb LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    Do you mow it at the same length or raise the deck a little? I spoke with a local who said he raises his deck 1/2" for the second cut. Does it lay a better stripe?
  4. justgeorge

    justgeorge LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 353

    I've only had to do it a couple of times, but leave the deck the same height. If you raise the deck you're still going to have some stringers that are taller than everything else.
  5. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    Down here, we cant stripe st.augustine, but I dont raise the deck either.
  6. 657

    657 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    we raise the deck up for are #2 cut
  7. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,622

    When I have to double cut, I cut the entire prop., then cut it again, in a different direction.
  8. HighGrass

    HighGrass LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Z5 MA
    Messages: 1,237

    If I double cut it's for two reasons.

    1-If the first cut is a little shaggy, then i'll go back and do it again...same rows, same direction, same height.

    2-If I have some clumps or the cut grass discharge is really heavy, I'll do it again but I'll raise the deck 1/2"-1". This desperses any clumps or heavy grass.
  9. The Ripper

    The Ripper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 132

    St. Augustine can be striped. We do it all the time. It is a little different than up north, but you can definitely stipe effectively down here. As for double cutting it is essential on St. Augustine lawns (especially in the summer). The trick is to stripe in two different directions and put diamonds on the turf.
  10. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    Thats what i do too. I like it better than going over the same srtip again. Just my 2 cents.

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