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Ultimate muddy tracks

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by David Haggerty, Jun 14, 2003.

  1. This lawn and the one across the ditch were both cut today because they wanted them done for Fathers' Day.

    Why do you think the results would be so different on neighboring lawns?

    muddy tracks.jpg
  2. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,410

    Is muddy part lower or have hill draining on it?
  3. Turf Medic

    Turf Medic LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,073

    Same person mow both yards? Same type of machine?
  4. fblandscape

    fblandscape Banned
    Messages: 776

    How the heck did you not get stuck in there?????? :confused: :confused: :confused:
  5. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,386

    I would imagine one lot is lower than the other, therefore one is more saturated.

    Why would they want you to mow if the ground was that saturated? I would rather have long grass.:confused: I would not want my business seen doing that kind of job. But, I know you guys have had rain nonstop so I would imagine you don't have much choice.
  6. hubb

    hubb LawnSite Member
    Messages: 192

    I'm just guessing here but maybe the soil is so compacted that the water just sits on top. I have one yard that I'm doing now that has a pool and it has a spot that has the water constantly draining on it. If we don't get any rain for a week or more its ok to mow that spot but if it rains I have to go around it and cut it with a push or my weedeater. Luckily its only an area of about 120'sq. ft. Its been my experience that if the soil has alot of runoff from other areas that it has a greater chance of becoming compacted.
    On another note I have one customer that wanted to know why I hadn't showed up on thursday like I always do. I told him his yard was too saturated. He said he didn't think it was that bad but as long as I show up on monday he didn't care. About an hour later he called me back and said he thought I was correct in not mowing. I asked why the change of heart. He lives on the 5th green of a private golf course and his neighbors cut through his yard with thier carts and earlier just about the time he hung up with me one of his neighbors was trying desperately to get his golf cart out of about a nine foot rut where his wheels had dug in and he got stuck. :rolleyes: It took three guys to get the cart unstuck. Go figure!
  7. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    Wow, no offence intended, but that looks horrible. I don't see how that would make dad happy. I put down some tracks today, but nothing like that.

    If I was tracking that bad, I'd load up and forget about it until it dried a bit, no matter what they said they wanted.

    That does seem strange that the other lawn was fine.
  8. LOL, those ruts will NEVER come out.
  9. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,810

    That's F'ed up! You didn't do that David.. did you? I'm guessing you didn't do that lawn but did do the other.. with a push mower.

    Did I win?
  10. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    Walk behind vs a heavier Z?

    I have seen this happen where the it is so wet that the mud pushes up thru the lawn without tearing the lawn. It looks like hell but it does go away. It happens here in wet clay soil when you run a heavy Z over it. The blades are muddy but there are no ruts if you go slow.

    Now if you get a cowboy that fires over the lawn and makes hot turns you lose a customer and may have to replace a lawn.
    there would be no way I would have cut that lawn unless the owner was standing there and was told that this was guaranteed to happen. Man that looks bad.

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