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Trimming

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by zero_turn_freak, Jul 21, 2006.

  1. zero_turn_freak

    zero_turn_freak LawnSite Member
    Messages: 112

    Do you trim before or after you mow?
     
  2. Shuter

    Shuter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,171

    If alone, after. If I have a laborer with me, then during, but I make a pass with the mower around the edge after.
     
  3. Critical Care

    Critical Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,654

    I hardly ever trim first, however there are exceptions. One exception to the rule is when there are items or obstacles in the grass that I don’t want to hit with the mower.
     
  4. POPO4995

    POPO4995 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,208

    Usually during or after but it is nice to trim before sometimes. IE: I just trimmed before we cut at a condo association the other day and it looked great when done because sometimes you get that little line of cut grass behind the trimmer when its long and that looks terrible IMO.
     
  5. lyontlc

    lyontlc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    I like to trim first so there is a perfect edge without debris afterward...
     
  6. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,335

    If the grass is real tall, i will trim before so the mower picks it up, but if it is short I trim after i mow so i am sure to get all of it trimmed. I usually like to edge before i mow all the time so the mower sucks up the dirt and clippings from that.
     
  7. Critical Care

    Critical Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,654

    Just thinking about this... Mowing up the grass clippings makes sense. On the other hand, I've seen guys trim first but trim the grass down lower than the mower's cutting height. When that happens, things look weird - like the grass has a frame around it.
     
  8. KeystoneLawn&Landscaping

    KeystoneLawn&Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 774

    I trim first. I use a ryobi split shaft and turn it sideways. I have a couple echos, but like the ryobi better! With the shaft turned, I can get a great,"sharp", edge without using the edger.
     

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