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Mowing the same direction?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Coach, Sep 18, 2003.

  1. Coach

    Coach LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    I've been commercial mowing for 5 years. In the begining I was told not to mow the same direction. The start of this season I purchased a roller for my lazer. The stripes are a lot more profound if I mow the same direction each time. In traveling I have noticed other commercial lawns that seem to mow the same pattern each mowing. Any thoughts or reasons for or against would be appreciated...Thanks....

  2. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    I too rarely change directions. It's too much of a hassle and a waste of time. Plus the customers don't like the change either
  3. work_it

    work_it LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 976

    To begin, I believe you meant pronounced instead of profound. To answer your question the reason for changing direction by 45 degrees is to make the grass stand up making it easier to get an even cut. Cutting the same direction every week causes the grass to lay down.
  4. grshppr

    grshppr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    Mowing in the same direction every week will eventually create ruts in the lawn as well.
  5. Coach

    Coach LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    Work it.. I did mean profound.... but pronounced is a better word... not to get into a english fight... bottom line the stripes stand out better when I mow the same direction...Thanks for the reponses Coach
  6. scott's turf

    scott's turf LawnSite Senior Member
    from NH
    Messages: 949

  7. J.Henderson

    J.Henderson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 95

    I have 1 yard that I ahve to mow in the same way......it is only about 4 round trip passes with a 36"(8 total paths). The is no way I can change directions. What should I do then?
  8. Jroctx

    Jroctx LawnSite Member
    from Austin
    Messages: 73

    That is the advantages of a hydro, tighter turning radius and instant reverse. Thus allowing for easier directional changes.

  9. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
    Messages: 1,647

    Hydro has nothing to do with it.
  10. J.Henderson

    J.Henderson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 95

    True, but a turn every 18 foot sucks.

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