Scalping avoidance

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by san28734, Jun 26, 2006.

  1. san28734

    san28734 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    How do you guys aproach the small hills/bumps in the lawn that you KNOW are going to scalp? I have one account that has a small drainage swail, almost like a berm across the middle of the yard. Even at the highest setting my 44" mower will scalp a little. So, I have been going around it and cutting the top with my 21". It does work, but it takes some extra time to get out to the trailer, walk back, etc. Is there a better way? Should I use the string trimmer since I will be out there with it anyway?
  2. kmann

    kmann LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 298

    I have a few accounts like that, so I just use my weed eater.
  3. You have it figured out. Put that added effort into it. Just don't scalp.

  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,652

    I agree with dave, it's always when I try and get out of doing it the hard way that I get in trouble.... Seems to be the hard way is still usually the best.

    Should've seen the yard I was on today, it was fit for motocross cycles and I mean it was that bad.
    Did the best I could, weedeated the rest.

    The only thing that MIGHT work is to slightly lift the deck but you have to be able to ride it down the berm with your deck like 1/2" - 1" higher off the ground than if it was sitting on all 4 tires... By the time you're done with this bit of fancy mowing, it would've been easier to weedeat.
  5. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,656

    Experience which comes from trial and error. Good luck...:clapping:
  6. poonero

    poonero LawnSite Member
    from ny
    Messages: 56

    how long is the berm and how much is the lawn per cut?
  7. san28734

    san28734 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    Probably 25-30 feet long. It goes up the front at almost a 45 degree angle, the top is about 2 feet wide, then the back side is a gentler slope into a hillside. I charge 35 bucks, good customer and very nice turf.
  8. poonero

    poonero LawnSite Member
    from ny
    Messages: 56

    i would sell the cust on the idea of making it a landscaped berm.
  9. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    See if there is a footpedal attachment available for your decklift on your mower.
  10. san28734

    san28734 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    Great idea, but there is landscaping on better than half of it, if they finished the whole berm, it would cut their yard in half. I did the other half for them, but that's as far as they wanted to go.

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