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THE best way to cut back ornamental grasses and liriope!

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by D Felix, May 11, 2004.

  1. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,898

    I done figgured it out!

    Wanna know how?

    *drum roll please*


    Yep, that's right, a chainsaw....

    BUT, BUT, BUT, wait a minute! You can't use the saw like you would when you cut down a tree or when you are cutting up limbs, etc....

    You must use the TOP side of the bar, not the bottom! If you use the bottom of the bar, you will only suck bits of grass into the sprocket, and it will clog up and jamb. Using the top side of the bar will minimize this problem.

    MAKE SURE YOU USE THE CHAIN BRAKE!!! Chaps are preffered leg protection, but at least wear long pants. And KNOW where everyone is around you.

    Thought you all might like to know this little gem of info that I figgured out a while ago. Just remember it till fall, and remember who posted this!!!


  2. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Messages: 1,405

    What about hedge trimmers?
  3. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,898

    From my experience, they bog down too much in grasses, and they don't do a thing to liriope. If they work for you, go for it. If they don't, try a saw.

    Oh, for the grasses, we usually "bundle" them up before cutting by wrapping duct tape around them. Saves a lot of mess and clean-up time.

    Large clumps, use a length of rope with a mini-carabiner attached. Use the rope to cinch the grass tight, then wrap with tape. If you can get your arms around it all the way, that usually works fine....

  4. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
    from La.
    Messages: 1,878

    Too much bending for me, I'll stick to the trusty T270. Easy as pie.
  5. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Messages: 1,557

    Ill stick to mowing it with the push mower and bag it.
  6. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,898

    "Try it, you'll like it!"

    Seriously though, it can't be beat for ornamental grasses... The $20 or so we spend on duct tape (get the cheap stuff!) saves us countless hours of clean-up time.

    We don't mow, so we don't have a mower on hand at all times. Gotta do the next best thing.

  7. Ice_Gargoylle

    Ice_Gargoylle LawnSite Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 60

    DUCT TAPE....sticky that one... :p outstanding idea.
  8. polecat63

    polecat63 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,655

    Never had a problem with my hedge trimmer bogging down. But, I sharpen mine.:)
  9. Premo Services

    Premo Services LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,516

    I have been using my hedge trimmers for years, and string trimmer for the lirope. It works good. I've been using rope to tie up the grasses, but will use the duct tape, a good idea....
  10. Ice_Gargoylle

    Ice_Gargoylle LawnSite Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 60

    i use hedge trimmers also. just got to make sure the guy helping pulls back when ya cut. no binding then.

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