Mowing in the cold

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by B&SFTW, Nov 19, 2013.

  1. aaronmg

    aaronmg LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 357

    Best advice I have heard on lawnsite this year and I wish I could give the source credit but I don''t remember where I heard it. "If the high temp of the day + the low temp of the day doesn't= 100, then the grass ain't growin"....
  2. B&SFTW

    B&SFTW LawnSite Member
    Messages: 232

    maybe in your area of the country, around here it seems to grow a little longer, maybe more like 80 combined, but point taken. right now I'm getting mostly one time jobs, my repeat customers are done for the year. plus, like I said, leaf cleanup is still going on because they just got done falling. in some places, there are still leaves on the trees.

    meets 1, I hate the early dark with a passion, but thankfully now LED work lights and headlamps are coming along nicely as far as output and efficiency goes.
  3. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,943

    Now, there is real truth here!!!

    Why is this so? It seems like working in a freezer. I suppose the problem is lack of movement, ... sitting in one place, strapped in with the belt, and only making slow hand/arm motions. The hands are exposed, fingers out in the open.

    I work in double gloves, but fingers take a beating. Yesterday, the high temp was about 34. I had two side-by-side properties, one about 1.8A, the other 1.5A. I work with a 48" ztr. I stopped twice just to move my body. Even so, I always feel I need somebody standing nearby to pry me out of the seat. I'm sure my age has something to do with it, but the body gets stiff as a board, sitting in the same place for a long time.

    I have discovered that crossing my feet, keeping the legs and ankles closer, is a help. I normally have my feet spread wide for support.
  4. Caddyshack Lawn Care

    Caddyshack Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 748

    I like to do one final cleanup/mow before the holidays. A chance to mulch any leaves that have drifted onto the lawns and give a nice look for when friends and families come to visit my customers. They all appreciate that and I get a few calls every year just to make sure I'm going to keep doing what I do.
  5. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,673

    I always wait until mid morning. Then go out.
  6. Woody82986

    Woody82986 LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 2,128

    I'm a big fan of two temperature cut off points for work. If it's 104 or warmer, I'm calling it a day. If it's 31 degrees or under or there is frost, I'm calling it a day. Anything else I'll deal with. I don't change the oil I run based on temperature though. I think as long as the engine turns over normally then you will be fine. Perhaps if you have a shop area out of the cold, you could start it and warm up the engine a bit before going out to work?
  7. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Messages: 2,761

    True, true.... nothing like being in the mid 30's doing 10mph on a ZTR and feeling like it's 0.
  8. Hawkshot99

    Hawkshot99 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,431

    That was for planting grass. Not for mowing grass.
  9. goodgreen

    goodgreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    I just wait until it warms up enough to get rid of the frost. Some lawns still have a few leaves that have come down after fall cleanups. So I just mulch them with the z-turn.
  10. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,296

    Y'all keep messing with lawns until every last leaf has fallen? Up here when the lawns stop growing I am done with them. If they want leaf cleanup they do call me, but it's not part of the deal, and it's an extra charge.

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