Too many clippings

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Justin5309, May 31, 2012.

  1. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
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    Good luck, there's just about as many ways to get rid of clippings as there are mower brands. Many have been mentioned and are valid methods. But it also depends on the mower and conditions of the turf as well. Some are hard to explain via text based communication. At least for me.

    You'll get it figured out. The one thing no one mentioned is if these clumps aren't all over, as in a few here and there, is walking it with a backpack blower and blowing them out.
  2. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Messages: 2,768

    I'm all for helping someone out. Here's where I feel different. Do you think the CEO of Burger King goes on a forum and asks the CEO of Mcdonald's if they should raise the price of their Whopper? Or should they add more items to the menu?

    Once you figure out how to use the mower. I can slap money on the table and bet you'll be asking "how much would you charge" to cut this yard along with all the other things you should have already studied up on when it comes to operating a LCO.
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2012
  3. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,300

    Just drop it already. Congrats to you for doing the background work that not everybody does. It doesn't make either of you more right or wrong than the other.

    Remember, the guy who started FedEx failed or got a C or whatever on his business plan for FedEx. As I said, experience is the best teacher there is. One can be book smart and street stupid. I know a bunch of business owners that are book dumb (one didn't graduate high school) and is street smart and has a bigger business than the majority of folks on LS. Not in this business either. I am friends with a guy who has a grade school reading ability, but can design and build a machine that will replace 3 or 4 steps using individual machines.

    So again, congrats on your way of doing things, but that isn't for everyone. Don't denigrate others for not doing it your way.
  4. Justin5309

    Justin5309 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    You are hardly the CEO of McDonalds and I am hardly the CEO of Burger King so maybe you should check your ego at the door before you walk into a forum that is designed for people to help one another.

    Also, I already told you that I will not be working full time on this type of business. I do quite well in the industry in which I'm working and don't need your advice on how to run a successfull lawn care business.

    I simply posted a question on this forum with the intent to pick the brains of experts in the field of lawn cutting on how I can mow a small number of lawns in a more professional and efficient way. So pick up the money you placed on the table and move on to bother someone else.
  5. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    Try to be nice. You are the new guy here.

    What state are you located in. It makes a difference in my answer.
  6. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,300

    Yes, he is. And he asked a question nicely and was ripped apart by another relatively new guy with all the experience and paperwork in the world and has never made a mistake......wait, he has. Or he hasn't. Someone with over 1,000 posts in 6 months. That tells me a lot.

    And you'll notice as well, that unlike a lot of newbies that don't like what they are told because it isn't what they want to hear, this guy listened and thanked everyone. He only told one other poster off, who has an attitude.
  7. H & M Yard Improvements

    H & M Yard Improvements LawnSite Member
    Messages: 214

    Why the drama? Dont we get enough of it during the week? Sheesh!
  8. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    I just wanted to make sure it stayed nice. That other new guy is anything but a new guy.
  9. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,300

    Registered in Dec of 2011. First post was in January. Since then, over 1,000 posts. Unless it is topsites using a new name. I haven't checked, is topsites still posting under that name? Some of these posts sound familiar.

    And if you want it to stay nice, someone other than me needs to tell orangemower to leave it alone, although he seems to be now.
  10. TriCountyLawn

    TriCountyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,517

    If the clippings are thicker on one side of the lawn when you cut the second time or even on the first cutting. Since most mowers discharge more then a passes width you can work the excess clippings towards that side. I call it "migrating the clippings"....pretty scientific stuff! good luck.

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