Rookie Ditch Question

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by wooley99, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. wooley99

    wooley99 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 269

    I got my first commercial contract this week and the properties include a couple ditches (pics below). Since I've never mowed anything that wasn't flat as a pancake and I don't want to end up under something at the bottom of the ditch, I have a truly newbie question. Do you just line trim the whole thing?



  2. XterraJohn

    XterraJohn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178

    It might just be the pictures, but that ditch doesn't look too deep for a mower that you don't sit on. I would probably just use a small walk-behind or even a 21" to mow most of it, and then just use the string trimmer around the culverts. Riding mowers might not be safe due to the risk of the mower tipping over onto the operator.
  3. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,931

    21" WB... too much to line trim in FLA humidity!!
  4. ke5hbd

    ke5hbd LawnSite Member
    Messages: 97

    The road side of the ditch doesnt look bad but look at the parking lot side next to the culvert where its starting to wash away next to the culvert at the top of the ditch line.

    I would mow it with a walker or push mower.

    Doesnt look very big but I would pick the trash out of it before putting any equioment into it.
  5. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,131

    I wouldn't hesitate to use my WB on it. I have also seen many guys use riders on slopes like these. If I had a rider I would probably use it as well.
  6. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,574

    That ditch is nothing.....any 48" or bigger will do just fine. the only consideration on long ditches is that if you are low on oil and the pick up side for the oil pump is on the low side the unit can run low on oil. Had that happen on a 15hp Kohler on a 36" WB...the ditch was much steeper than the one you show. I heard the valves and immediately changed direction and the valves settled down.

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