It may sound stupid, but how do you mow a backyard?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by buffalonick, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. buffalonick

    buffalonick LawnSite Member
    Messages: 213

    I know that in the front yard, where there isnt many obstacles along the edge of the lawn such as fences ect. you can easily stripe it. But in the back do most of you just do it in a circle type manner? Or is it still possible to stripe it?and if it is how? Just turn and use the reverse everytime? May sound stupid but im a newb and could use some help.
  2. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,335

    In my area *most* back yards are decent sized. With the average lot size around 7k to 10k, most lawns are between 1/3rd front-2/3rd back to 2/3rd front-1/3rd back. Most of my back yards get striped, using the largest mower that will fit through the gate (21, 32, 48, 52). There are a couple that just get striped 1 or 2 ways because of odd shapes and whatnot. Then there are a couple that are so small it just simply doesn't matter.
  3. santafe

    santafe LawnSite Member
    Messages: 191

    for your sake, i hope alc-greg does not find this thread.
  4. ponyexpress976

    ponyexpress976 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    Im going to assume since you said use the reverse that you are using a standard homeowner garden tractor? Get rid of it and get a walk behind or zero turn as soon as you can afford it. Talk with your local dealers and see if they have any trades. I'm in the business for 13 years and have yet to purchase a single piece of major equipment brand new. You really can't go wrong with any of the major manufacturers. Even with a walk behind of similar deck size you will get more done in less time...and the stripe thing will take care of itself. As previously stated if the area is that small, it won't really matter...just keep the clippings out of the beds/pool and off walks/decks/siding. It sounds like "no sh*#" advice but so many fly by nighters do good work and then ruin the cut with this kind of garbage.
  5. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,903

    we study the back yard, walk it, check it out maybe even measure it checking all the angles, checking GPS cordinate's and when everything checks out to our satisfaction, we start up the mower and let it rip.
  6. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,572

    I like to do this exact samething months ahead of time..

    And use a GPS to get the straightest stripes possible..
  7. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,933

    You use a GPS to make straight lines across a yard? Really? How?
  8. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,572

    ancient chinese secret..
  9. SangerLawn

    SangerLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from indiana
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  10. Bob_n_weave

    Bob_n_weave LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    His user name is not " Lawn Pro ", so he should be ok :laugh:

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