trim first/mow first?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lsylvain, May 3, 2001.

  1. lsylvain

    lsylvain LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 779

    Just wondering who trims first or who mows first.

    I trimed first all of the time then the other day I was out of string and decided to be lazy and mow first then fill my spool. It cut my trimming time down to nothing. The only thing I noticed was there were some places of leaves and stuff the trimmer had kicked out. It only took a second to clean up.

    any thoughts?

  2. Groundcover Solutions

    Groundcover Solutions LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,254

    Mow first that way you know exactly what your mower will get and what it will miss.
  3. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,226

    after cutting a yard once i know what i won't be able to get and what i can, i would say it better to trim 1st then mow so that you don't have long grass blades laying on the yard if its high. i usually mow 1st though because i have all my yards on a 5 or 6 day cutting scheudule
  4. AltaLawnCare

    AltaLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 961

    I've tried it both ways. I'm with Joshua, if the trimming is going to leave long grass or debris on the yard, I would rather trim first.
    But I think it is quicker to mow first most of the time.
  5. cos

    cos LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,253

    Mow first, so you definitely know what to trim. If you trim more than you have to mow then then the grass is lower, cause no one is perfect when trimming.
  6. SMB

    SMB LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 323

    Most grass that is left after trimming doesn't look near as bad once it's dried.
  7. Esby

    Esby LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 662

    Mow first then trim. It just seems logical to me. Never done it anyother way I guess.
  8. Craig Turf Management

    Craig Turf Management LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 354

    I have always mowed first. I find that there is much less trimming, and any taller grass on the turf can easily be dispersed into the lawn while blowing.
    Bill Craig
  9. smburgess

    smburgess LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 467

    Gotta go with Mr Craig on this one.
  10. ronslawncare

    ronslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 540


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