Dry mowing?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by BRIMOW525, May 14, 2001.

  1. BRIMOW525

    BRIMOW525 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 215

    What is everyone doing with mowing when there hasn't been rain for weeks? My lawns look like they are in the middle of july or Aug.! One guy has irrigation but refuses to turn it on untill may 30. If you ket them go for 2 weeks they turn to seed. If you cut them every week they burn up even worse. I want to skip them but they turn to seed and then the customer gets ticked. But I'm too full with landscape and grass cutting to cut on a 10 day rotation. Plus I would loose track of what got done. Just wondering what everyone else was doin'. Thank god for irrigated lawns!
  2. Vintage

    Vintage LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    I am not really familar with your area, but just a suggestion, how about raising your cutting height and cutting every week until the rain starts.
  3. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    just bare clip the top.
  4. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,226

    not sure what kinda of grass you have in your area, but since the less rain fall this year i have already raised my mowers to our summer height to shade the lawn better. but were still cutting at every 5 days on all of our accounts, have been getting some late night rains that have been helping and tons of dew that keep them going strong, just the hot sunny days that i'm afaid of burning the grass up. hopes this helps sorry for rambling
  5. lawnboy82

    lawnboy82 Banned
    Messages: 957

    this rain deal is really starting to piss me off here. :mad: saturday we were gonna cut grass but it looked as though it was gonna rain so we did sides. i went and got some top soil, dark as holy heck. then it started to really lightly rain. you could feel it really lightly. then today i was going to look at a job and on the way over there i get into an area and it was raining nicely. i get about not even a mile down the road and nothing. then i get to the job and it may have been drizzling. i talk with the guy. we go into his garage and it lightly poured for about 2 minutes 5 tops. go back outside and nothing. and for the rest of the day no water. it hasnt rained here besides this stuff now in i think 3 or 4 weeks. we need some rain. even my crazy people's lawns have slowed down. and they usually have to be done 2x a week. now i am lucky if they get done every 2. one i think gets done every week still. but he is on irrigation. my problem here is not the grass, i could deal with not cutting grass for a while. however! i put down chemicals last weekend. my customers, even my father has said to me that we have the worst looking lawn on the block now. that is because the rain has not come to water them in. one lady will pay me, but she moans non stop about how i didnt put anything down for them. the others just pay and dont say anything. but my father and this woman say stuff. need rain!:alien:
  6. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
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  7. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    Lawnboy, you did sides????? what does that mean?
  8. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,555

    Lawnboy 82-you said you put down chemicals-where did you take your tets for pesticides?I took my recertification in Yonkers,at the 4H, couldnt have been to far from you.I guess you took the 30 hr course since your age keeps you from legaly having the required years of working under a certified applicator,in order to take the test.
  9. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Messages: 3,485

    Here in NC we have not had rain in over a month, most lawns are now showing heat stress. I normally I mow my fescue at 4", I mowed last week at 4.5" and will mow on a 10 day schedule for non-irrigated lawns starting this week. I also started planning aerations this week to help open the soil to assist with water absorption.

    Last year we had 40 days with no rain which broke the record set back in 1918. If this trend continues I may need to start another business, maybe I could be a scrub in the pool maintenance service. :)
  10. dhicks

    dhicks Member
    Messages: 770

    And if we don't get some much needed rain, I'll be opening up a house/office cleaning company. However, I reserve the right to refuse doning a maids uniform. :p

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