How to avoid rutting soggy/soft yards?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by BAMARED, Mar 19, 2003.


    BAMARED LawnSite Member
    Messages: 206

    Around my area, the ground is still soggy from almost a month's worth of rain even though the grass is dry. I officially start my season this Sat. and am afraid of rutting the soft lawns with my TTHP (650 lbs. or so.)

    Any tips or suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance,

  2. DanG

    DanG LawnSite Member
    Messages: 234

    Yeah,:D Wait till they dry up or otherwise plan on fixing them after you mow them.

    Not much else you can do.

  3. Jimbo

    Jimbo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,093

    Hairdryer....Big one:D
  4. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    Gotta stay off of them. No other way to get around it unless you do everything by hand.
    I have a bunch of people that have asked me when I can clean their yards because the snow just melted. I have to tell them to wait because there still is 4 feet of frost in the ground and the grass may seem dry but 4 inches under it is mush.
  5. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,366

    Tip Toe, and use a hover mower!! :p
  6. brucec32

    brucec32 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,403

    This situation is why I'm looking for a soggy weather lightweight walk behind. Last fall it rained and rained and I could never put a ZTR on the turf. I dont' want to be caught with just a 32" wb to do all those lawns, so I'm going to keep my eye out for a wider deck wb. The TT hp is a little on the heavy side.

    I'll have to see what has both lighter weight AND nice fat tires.
  7. Matt'slawncare

    Matt'slawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 145

    I would stay off it if i was you, but if you have to i would use a w/b and just watch where you go.
  8. Piedmont Lawn

    Piedmont Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178

    Other than a 21" push mower this is what I do.........:(

  9. llama

    llama LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165


    it may be time for a larger trailer.

  10. Piedmont Lawn

    Piedmont Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178


    :D Just got that one last week...6.5x12 is all I can fit in the garage with the rest of the junk.......:dizzy:


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