Quiz on detailing

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by GroundKprs, Aug 27, 2002.

  1. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,969

    OK, time for another wacko contest. How does Jim get this driveway edge to look like the left side of the bucket?

    The pavement is about 1" above the soil, and mowing is done perpendicular to the drive, so there is a ragged edge. My answer is to modify a common piece of equipment, in such a way that anyone can do this the first day on the job - no special expertise needed. Sorry, trimmer, it's not a string trimmer. (BTW , I used to think it would be fun to have trimmer contests at some events. Maybe tack a bunch of balloons to the ground, and see who could trim closest to his balloon without popping it. Then I saw trimmer's work on this forum. Forget any contest!)

    This really is a nice lawn, disregard the colors - me and camera don't get along. Will give my answer Friday evening, unless someone guesses it sooner.

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  2. Floridalandcare

    Floridalandcare LawnSite Senior Member
    from Tampa
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  3. Mykster

    Mykster LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 668

    Move the bucket.
  4. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    I guess I just don't get it?

    I would simply mow parallell to the drive FIRST, and then mow perpendicular.

    If thats not it, then I just dont understand what you are asking?

    Please clarify!

  5. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,087

    What are you talking about? You've got me puzzled, probobly because I don't understand the question?

    Please clarify for the dumb in me! :)
  6. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,969

    Sorry, if your cutting deck is outside your wheelbase, blades will overhang the drive and cut it level. But with smaller machines, where the wheelbase and deck width are the same, I often see guys going along the concrete walk or drive with a string trimmer to level the turf - and they usually wind up scalping it. Even when you run parallel to the walk or drive with one of these machines, the grass right at the edge is 1" (or whatever the pavement height) higher than the rest of the lawn. This tends to look scraggled from a distance view, with the pavement in the background. Especially in new lawns, where the turf surface should be set 3/4" below pavements, this can be an aesthetic problem.

    The human eye is drawn to interfaces (borders). No matter how well the lawn is mowed, forgetting to trim around a tree or along a fence will make the job look poor, even though that was way less than 1% of the work done. When you make sure that these interfaces are not imperfect to the subconscious, you can present a better picture of your work on each site.

    I'll hope this pic looks better.

    how to better.jpg
  7. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
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    That pic is trimmed so well it looks like you used a straight edge on it.
  8. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    Thats EXACTLY why deck offset/overhang is SO very important! Purchase the proper mower, and this just isn't a problem.

    So, I guess because I have the proper equipment, I failed the QUIZ? :eek:

    GUIDO.....Your Back! :cool:
  9. Southern Lawns

    Southern Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 259

    Hey! Is Carlos moonlighting for you Jim?
    Carlos works with me. Is the smoothest man I have ever seen with equipment. He trims as level as mowers cut. Period!
    As far as the trimmer contest, whats the prize? New trimmer?
    I'll match him to anyone!:D We could always use a new trimmer:p

    In case Carlos ever decides to leave us, I'll need to know your answer. I'll tune in Friday.
  10. Southern Lawns

    Southern Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 259


    As you mentioned eyes are drawn to the interfaces.
    The way we trim out a lawn for service is similiar to painting a room. We edge all edges (walks,drives,roadfront and beds) and trim all edges as well. Then we mow the interior. May take a moment or two longer but it sure gives the property the (gone the extra mile) manicured look.

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