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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by cold_and_tired, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Well gents, since we spoke last, I picked up one of my plow contracts (13 gas stations) and am just waiting on the right time to get some fliers out.

    Anyway, on with the newbie questions.

    I regards to weekly mowing, is alternating mowing patterns the best way to go? I do it at my house because it looks great. Should I continue the practice for any reasons other than appearance?

    When I am finished and blow the site off are you guys blowing the clippings from the driveway, sidewalk, etc back into the lawn, back into the street or are you trying to bag everything?

    This next question might pertain to Colorado only but am I going to need a license or permit for fertilizer/weed control applications?

  2. xclusive

    xclusive LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,054

    Yes you should alternate your mowing patterns this way you do not put ruts in the lawn. When I blow everything off sometimes I blow it into a pile in the street if there is a lot of crap and take it away or if theres is not too much I will blow it back on the lawn.
  3. SangerLawn

    SangerLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 736

    To get technical mowing in 3 different directions as in a different way every week is the healthiest for the turf but no one including myself does that…..the 3 way pattern just doesn’t look as good
  4. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,131

    Mowing in different directions does help but is not always feasible. Some very small lawns or lots with lots of beds and trees in the lawn make it difficult to mow in a different direction. You should do what you can.
  5. dolomite

    dolomite LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    Cutting in different directions should always be done if possible. Just cutting one way will continually lay the turf in the direction you are cutting, resulting in an uneven cut. Under the tires will be laid flatter than under the blades. Also, there is more surface area showing for light to hit when its not laid down. And a good cross cut always looks amazing IMO.
    Clippings should be returned back to the lawns to provide the nitrogen they give when decomposing.

    OUTLANDER LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 576

    just like this says

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