first day back, what would you do

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mcwlandscaping, May 17, 2006.

  1. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    After all that rain, lawns are higher than usual as i havn't been able to mow them in a week and a half, and i expect to mow again in another three days as they will continue to grow rapidly due to the amount of rain on top of the sunny days ahead. My question is that for those who typically mulch or discharge like me, if you were in this situation would you bag now or would you just double cut? I rarely ever bag, but it is an option if thats the best thing to do
  2. Damian

    Damian LawnSite Member
    Messages: 242

    What kind of grass? And how is it that you're going to go back and cut in three days?

    Here in central Texas, cutting St. Augustine, if I was going to be able to go back in three days and cut again, I think I'd raise my mower to the highest setting now, and lower the next cut. If that was still higher than normal, I would lower again the following cut.
  3. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    Thats the plan for today, mow high then go back in a couple days and mow reg. height
  4. Damian

    Damian LawnSite Member
    Messages: 242

    You don't catch grief from the customers cutting so close together?
  5. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,085

    Sometime I hear about it, but then I point out the fact that they also went a week & a half w/o mowings. They usually understand. If not:hammerhead:
  6. imdawrlus

    imdawrlus LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    if i dont usualy bag i dont bag. if it clumps up explain to them why. tell them that next time you mow it will get re-absorbed back into the lawn. never had a problem with people not understanding.
  7. dfor

    dfor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 828

    I'd raise the cutting height and double cut if needed.
  8. SodKing

    SodKing LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,641

    MCW we are going to double cut and bag all the properties. The clients will pay extra but they understand what needs to be done...
  9. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,784

    This is what I do, and it works when cutting in the rain.

    When I cut (mulch) I usually let the mower chug through until i gets bogged down a lot.

    I run over to a side walk or street and shut off the blades letting the pile drop from the deck.

    I do this in all thick areas when its wet or really tall, you just keep going back and forth and its actually faster than double cutting.

    In the end you just go and rake the pile up and put it in a bag.
  10. Quail Creek LC

    Quail Creek LC LawnSite Member
    from IOWA
    Messages: 155

    Personally I would have mowed in the rain. Thats what I did a couple of weeks ago when it rained every day. Trust me people understand you have to do what you have to do when it rains. Takes longer, but at least your not screwed like you are now. I never had 1 complaint that I mowed in the rain.

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