importance of cutting on a diagonal

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by redmax fan, May 19, 2013.

  1. clydebusa

    clydebusa Inactive
    Messages: 1,660

    All good points on here. I usually mow the same way with a shift over to not go in the same lines. ZTR or larger WB is different I change patterns.
  2. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,719

    I change directions every week. I know the land appreciates it...and most (but not all) owners admire the effort and results. Our mostly fescue grasses here stripe really opposed to southern grasses that do not stripe as well. Other than the mandatory initial outlining of the lawn with the first pass, I alter the second pass/border cut so as not to overlap the first pass' inside wheel lines.

    I find striping creative which adds some fun factor...always nice to check out my work afterwards. There's plenty of mundane-ness to this jazzing it up seems proper & useful (to me).
  3. Caddyshack Lawn Care

    Caddyshack Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 746

    It actually helps YOU out to switch directions every week. One, it looks better and both you and the homeowner appreciate it. Two, if you don't switch directions, in the hottest part of summer the grass with die where the wheel marks are.
  4. TriCountyLawn

    TriCountyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,517

    Only switch two directions here, I try to angle them so the stripes are the most visible based on where ppl will be on the property.
  5. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 17,450

    Same here. Anything else is unacceptable to me.
  6. LawnGuy110

    LawnGuy110 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,105

    We switch it up every week to prevent ruts from forming, no matter if it is spring, summer, or fall.
  7. Blades Lawn Maintenance

    Blades Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Montague, NJ
    Messages: 1,233

    I change it up here as well, like many said when it's available.
  8. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 38,198

    I cut whatever way makes sense, based mostly on aesthetic appeal. I don't analyze it, I just do what looks best. I rarely cut parallel to the street because it's not very appealing. Everybody does it. It makes me sick.
  9. redmax fan

    redmax fan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,473

    i think alot of guys in south and west deal with mostly dry ground and not as densely packed and water packed of blades that im cutting here in southern michigan during spring time . and they dont have to worry about rutting as much . and dont have to worry about damp blades laying over becoming stragglers that stand up after a few days because less dense and drier lawns blades more so are standing straight up allowing a for a cleaner cut . so its difficult for them to see my angle in some cases . here during these soggy lawn days youve got to cut a different direction each week to get a good clean cut , plus roll any ruts out before lawns get drier making the ruts more difficult to roll out
  10. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,719

    What is this procedure? I'm imagining a heavy drum device that would further compact the soil...?? :confused:

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