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Technique for mowing ditches?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by head_start, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. head_start

    head_start LawnSite Member
    Messages: 147

    what is it :confused:? i seem to get my ztr stuck a lot when mowing ditches :hammerhead:. is it just becuase i don't do it right, or do i have a bad mower for ditches (front mount deck)? tips on mowing the ditches would be great
  2. All_Toro_4ME

    All_Toro_4ME LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,578

    You probably arent going to like this response, but I had a 10 acre property last year with huge steep ditches in the front of the property. The same thing happened to me, I would get stuck or take out huge chunks of earth from the side of the deck with the Z. I took the guards off the trimmer and trimmed the dithces out. In the end, it took about the same time as with the Z.
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Yup, learned that the hard way too, now I either use a Wb or the trimmer,
    of course that's only after I got the Z stuck for the second time in the same ditch.
  4. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,645

    i use a walk behind to mow ditches, it easier and i dont worry about getting stuck.
  5. watatrp

    watatrp LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 511

  6. Chilehead

    Chilehead LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Stockbridge, GA
    Messages: 1,956

    A ditch is easy work for a walk-behind, especially a hydro. If your Z is tearing it up or getting stuck, you may be forced to using a string trimmer.
  7. head_start

    head_start LawnSite Member
    Messages: 147

    its a good thing i have a good string trimmer then? ok cool, the trimmer it is, becuase i seem to not have a walk-behind, yet. thank you
  8. deere-man

    deere-man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    The string trimmer is your best bet. Sadly enough. Taking the guard off will help; you can feed more line.
  9. mark123

    mark123 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 486

    Even my walk behind gets stuck so I just get as close as I can and then I take out the whacker and finish it up.
  10. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,238

    I've gotten my z stuck on a pond incline 3-4 times in the same spot. Went WWII ing one of the times :angry:
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