How does one get that carpet look?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by CraigPLC, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. CraigPLC

    CraigPLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 194

    I can't help but notice some lawns that look like the lawn is a plush carpet, 100% free of ANY TIRE MARKS???

    They look incredible!!! But they can't be done with a zero turn, not even a hint of a tire mark... So do they mower and then vacuum the lawn to get rid of the tire marks???
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  2. noahb195

    noahb195 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 993

    Well like anything else you have different types of grasses. Then you have different cutting heights. Im not the expert but im sure someone will chime in.
  3. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,764

    I'm not an expert but pro sports teams use helicopters to "fluff" the grass. A little out of my price range but I've seen companies use backpack blowers after mowing.
  4. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,645

    It all depends on the type of grass, cut height, mower, and stripe kit and most important thing of all the operator!
  5. Puddle of Oil

    Puddle of Oil LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,203

    Lots of suction from the mower! High lift blades help a lot as well. You'll still have stripes in the lawn but only green living thing that wont stripe up north is weeds.

    Many factors arise to give you that carpet look, but the grass type plays a huge part in it.
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2012
  6. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,507

    Reel mowers tend not to leave wheel marks and if you cut unidirectional it will stripe in one direction. A hover mower is another option. SA doesn't stripe well anyway so wheel marks are gone in a day anyways.
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  7. Dave does lawns

    Dave does lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 257

    I find a front drive mower with high left blades are best at leaving fewer marks.
  8. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    I'm with u Patriot. SA doesn't stripe well. Now my walker cuts SA like a carpet.
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  9. pinto n mwr

    pinto n mwr LawnSite Senior Member
    from gr8, mn
    Messages: 422

    owner make us use a 60" gravely ZTR with the deck height pin removed.
    7 apps of fert
    water everday
  10. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,739

    I firmly believe it has more to do with having a healthy lawn and irrigation. healthy grass will recover quickly after mowing.

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