Unprotected Mowing

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mcfetrid, Jun 24, 2005.

  1. mcfetrid

    mcfetrid LawnSite Member
    from Atlanta
    Messages: 6

    Anyone ever, from experience or heard anything about, lawn fungus or pests being transferred from lawn to lawn by commercial mowers mowing from lawn to lawn?? -Matt
  2. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,704

    your deck.
  3. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,125

    It is rare, but Yes, using an unprotected deck can spread deceases. use a little common sense and you should be safe.

    Anything on the blades are usually wiped clean by the turf blades. To infect a lawn you would have had to just finish cutting an infected area then proceed to an infected area. But normally the blades will be cleaned by the outer area of the infected area before jumping from area to area. Then any of that make any sense :).
  4. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087

    Yes... I've seen these idiots do it a lot in the last few wet seasons we have had.
    They don't have a clue and I just cringe....
  5. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    It happens and Yes I have it happen every year with red thread. Just treat and go on. I find that the extra time that it takes to clean the deck when unneeded costs you more than just treating.
  6. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,125

    What do you do differently?
  7. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    Yes diseases can be spread from infected lawns to uninfected lawns,Pathogenic organisms mainly need an abundance of wet conditions,poor drainage and poor air circulation to thrive and grow.Soggy,
    water soaked soil is a perfect incubator and environment for disease.
    If you think a lawn you just mowed was infected,then sterilize your blades with lysol.listerine,rubbing alcohol or bleach before mowing your next one.
  8. scagboy227

    scagboy227 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 151

    Jeese this "unprotected mowing thing is like un protected sex
  9. HighGrass

    HighGrass LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Z5 MA
    Messages: 1,237

    Yes, they are called CTLD's (Commercially Transmitted Lawn Diseses). You can actually go to the drug store and purchase deck condoms. :)
    But seriously...yes I've heard of it.

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