For those who discharge clippings...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Four Star, Jun 24, 2003.

  1. Four Star

    Four Star LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    I'm looking for tips on keeping the lawns looking nice while discharging. This year is the first year I've discharged, and I have a problem with grass blowing up against the houses and such. I can just go the opposite way, away from the house, but then I have a huge pile of clippings, from discharging them all in the same direction. Any ideas?
  2. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    the rain as magnified the problem.
    cut it then raise the blade one level,and run over itv again . u will find it really disperses the clippings, well i for me
  3. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    no matter what when discharging you are going to have a problem where clippings get in the landscaping beds and around the house. Just go back afterwards with a blower and blow the clippings out and off from things. It all depends on the lay out of the propery. Sometimes when there are no landscaping beds around the house we shoot it towards the house, and all we have to do is blow off the foundation, thats all.
  4. ksland

    ksland LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 927

    We started discharging all this year too, as others have said...backpack blower over the messy areas, sounds like a pain and not worth it but it usually have to strap on the blower at the end anyhow, only takes a minute on most extra time and if real bad maybe 10 minutes but you will have saved more than 10 minutes by not bagging a real long lawn anyhow. With the right approach you cant tell if it was bagged or wasn't. Believe me I never thought I could get away with discharging but you can!
  5. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,445

    It helps to use the throttle to your advantage---just throttle down when you are less than three stripes away from bed or other object. Also just plan ahead---stripe perpendicular to the house when the grass is especially tall or thick.

    I can't wait to start mulching this summer---I hope to cut mowing time by 10% on smaller properties.
  6. OTC, operator controlled discharge.
  7. Rustic Goat

    Rustic Goat LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,194

    You didn't say what you've done previously.
    Why not mulch?
  8. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,308

    I used to side discharge. Then I went to an E-Z Chute. It worked ok but always left a trail of grass at the discharge side, so you would have to go over and over it to make it look good, what a pain. Now I run the full Exmark mulch kit on my TTHP and considering the conditions I'm mowing in, it does very well.
  9. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    fourstar--mow two laps around the yard discharging away from the structure. then stripe back and forth.

  10. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,075

    If you are able to keep up with the rain and getting to your accounts I find mulching the way to go. Better for the lawn and less work for you. If this is not an option then invest in a OCDC.


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