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tips for long grass

stephenslawncare

LawnSite Member
Location
Midwest
around here, the yards are growing so fast that even weekly cutting is not enough and was wondering if any of you had tips on keeping the grass from clumping because i am on a tight schedule and double cutting is time comsuming and so is blowing out the clumps.
currently i am

scraping out the deck daily
keeping my blades sharp
raising the discharge chute for better discharge

Bagging is not an option. Would a blocker over the discharge hole help or would that turn it into a mulch mower and clogg up the deck??? any opinions are greatly appreciated

Are there special blades that would help???
 

Lawnut101

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
West Bend WI
I don't know, maybe try Gator blades or charge people more for cleanup. I've heard the Gator blades are good. They have a serrated edge on top.
 
I like the gators. High lift and the thicker blade seem to work the best, for me that is. I only cut twice and after that they have issues. I had one customer that her Sod floated 'literaly' cause she watered so much Had to quadrupal cut just to make it look decent. I asked her many times to water three times a week. Needless to say she quit, but she has called me every year for 3 years to come back. I say Aaa no way. Maybe just talk to your customers.. My 2 cents..
 
I've been using double blades on my WB. Gators on the top and high lifts on the bottom.
You should have plenty of power to use such a set up.
It really chops up the clippings and blows them out so hard they disperse well.
Of course then you're faced with blowing clippings out of the beds, the street, off of cars, the side of the house. Plus if you hit anything it becomes a missile so keep your eyes pealed.

Dave
 

supercuts

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
CT shoreline
i think the gators make it worse too, its tighter balls of clumps that are difficult to blow out with a backpack and doesnt work cutting on the second time. my proposals say we may be there more than once a week at our discression in times of heavy and quick growth. if its growing that quick, mow it quicker and charge another cut. lift the deck higher too.
 

chuck bow

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
muncie in
What works for me/us is all decks are running a high lift blade on discharge side and 2 standard lifts on the other 2 . Be adviced stay away from cars and houses because it can cause a mess but not near as much trouble with clumping and dispersal is great
 

rodfather

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Clinton, NJ
Make your cut as you would normally. Go back over the clumps a second time with your deck raised at least 1/2" higher or at transport level...end of clumps and it's about the quickest way to disperse them.
 

BUCKEYE MOWING

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Hilliard.Ohio
I am with rodfather....no sense walking around with a blower trying to get rid of them ....
 

rodfather

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Clinton, NJ
i think the gators make it worse too, its tighter balls of clumps that are difficult to blow out with a backpack and doesnt work cutting on the second time. my proposals say we may be there more than once a week at our discression in times of heavy and quick growth. if its growing that quick, mow it quicker and charge another cut. lift the deck higher too.
Exactly, Gator type blades are horrible on wet grass. On the fast growing props that get fert and maybe irrigated, they go on a 5 day rotation in heavy growth season. Either that or someone else can do the job.
 
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