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Mowing technique.......

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Lawn Sharks, Nov 7, 2002.

  1. Lawn Sharks

    Lawn Sharks LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    Okay. let's hear how you pro stripers do it.

    When you start a job do you do a lap around the perimieter first or do you start right in on the longest straight line and work to the edges and do the lap around teh edge when you are done?

    Talking about equipment is fun but let's talk about the work too!!

  2. Brickman

    Brickman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,249

    I always made two some times three laps around the edge and then straight lines from there.
  3. IBGreen

    IBGreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 726

    I just try not to scalp anything!:D Just joking I do two around the perimeter usually.
  4. bubble boy

    bubble boy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

    i often make the perimeter first...but just habit. often i must admit i'll skip the perimeter...just trim it, and it sometimes looks fine...cant even tell the perimeter was skipped.

    i have always thought it made most sense to stripe, then do a clean up pass around...but guys never do it that way
  5. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,205

    i usually make one pass around the perimeter, maybe two passes if i dont feel like blowing the road off. then i pick which way i will mow. say if you mow diagnal to the right side one week, mow diagonal to the left next week. basically you just want to keep alternating your patterns, and after awhile, youll get that nice striped look.
  6. AGG Lawn Maintenance

    AGG Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Senior Member
    from Elberon
    Messages: 422

    Depending on how thick the grass is or how far it is shooting determines my laps. For the most part I do one lap. When the need arises two sometimes three. When I first started cutting many years ago I did about 100 laps. I used a tractor with a steering wheel. LoLs.
    Thank god for ZTR's and Walkbehind.:D
  7. ksland

    ksland LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 927

    I usually make one around the perimeter, stripe, then make a second around perimeter next to the first which covers turning marks.
  8. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,405

    sometimes going around the perimeter isn't necessary, especially for striping. But if it is, dang it, I do the perimeter last to clean it up.
  9. Lawn Sharks

    Lawn Sharks LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    Well, that is exactly what I was looking for!

    If you watch them cutting greens at a golf course you will notice they do the stripes first and when done with striping they go around the edge to clean it up. No messy turn marks.
    It is the way I do it and have noticed very few other lco's doing it.

    Might be worth a try for those who don't.

  10. Bill Davis

    Bill Davis LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    Perimeter twice and then lay down the stripes with the Lazer. I have found that going around twice reduces the need for a true Zero-turn therefore resulting in less turf damage on those yards that are a little thin or wet.

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