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Long narrow yards...what direction?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by grassrootsinab, Jul 28, 2004.

  1. grassrootsinab

    grassrootsinab LawnSite Member
    from up here
    Messages: 215

    I have a couple of really narrow yards, such that to go a different direction each time is nearly impossible. I know that you should vary your cutting direction and on most you can go at a 45 degree angle but it takes soooo much more time. What do you guys do on these narrow strips? I just usually go the direction that is long and none of the yards are rutted or anything. Like to hear from you guys.
  2. Trevors Lawn Care

    Trevors Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,180

    same here.

    Like inbetween sidewalks and roads, i just do the long ways and hope for the best.

    No problems yet, because we have had SO much rain, it doesnt hurt the lawns

  3. dfor

    dfor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 829

    I would stick to the way you are doing it. Like you said, angles can really slow you down in narrow areas. Just try to alternate tire position.

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    For those lawns where its really a pain to switch up the direction, I'll change it up maybe every 4 or 5 weeks to get rid of the ruts. Some lawns, once you make a couple passes around the border there isn't much left to cut.
  5. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    overlap, start 10" off a border and string trim it if you find you're getting ruts.
  6. EastProLawn

    EastProLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,110

    Exactly.... That's what I do, one week I'll start to the far right, the following week I'll start on the left and so on, at least this way I am somewhat alternating the pattern.
  7. TheKingNJ

    TheKingNJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 781

    my yard is 1.5 acer and i can bang it out in 45 min with my Ferris is3000.
  8. barringtonbrothers

    barringtonbrothers LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 579

    I have a few that are very narrow or shaped so its bout imossible to mow them in any way but one direction. I go down in different spots when its dry so I dont put ruts in, but its not a problem when the grass is wet and growing good.
  9. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 6,109

    Go clockwise first pass, couterclockwise following week then back and forth so you are pushing the grass the opposite direction each week to keep it standing up.

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