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When Do You Start Your Mowing Season?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Raven, Apr 9, 2002.

  1. Raven

    Raven LawnSite Member
    from NE Ohio
    Messages: 14

    This question is mainly for LCO's from Northern Ohio, Southern Michigan, and Eastern PA. I've seen a few references posted from LCO in these areas that they've been mowing for two or three weeks! Last season was the earliest I've ever had to start and my first mowing day was April 11th. This year I'm hoping I can start next week, but as the weather is just now starting to become seasonal, I'm not too sure.

    I did see the first LCO of the season mowing yesterday, but this particular LCO is gaining a quick reputation as a "income generator" and is losing customers because of this rep. He was leaving ruts about 6 inches deep. It's WET !!! I got calls last mid-December from HIS customers asking why I thought he was still mowing. I doubt if I've ever had my mower started after Thanksgiving.

    Most LCO's in this area base their cutting season on a 28 week season (mid-April until mid-November) and are lucky if they get it. All of my customers know they will pay for roughly 32-36 cuts a season; only because they want it mowed every 4-5 days in the spring and fall.
  2. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
    Messages: 6,073

    This is our 4th year, and this has been our earliest start.
    Started last week mowing on April 1st, and this week we are in full rotation.
    We got all our other work done in March like our aerations, clean-ups, tear outs, first step apps., etc.
    We are not the only ones out cutting in our area. Lots of LCO's are out, plus even the homeowners are out cutting their lawns.
    Grass cutting season is here. ;)
  3. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,205

    well, im not in any of the listed areas you mentioned, but i have two spring cleanups left, and some lco's are out mowing. lawns that are in the sun already need mowing. another week or two and the grass should be growing at a good rate, especially with some fertilizer to get it going.
  4. RYAN

    RYAN LawnSite Member
    Messages: 211

    I have not mowed a single lawn yet but with all the rain we have had and the warm weather coming up this week I am sure I will start either late this week or early next week. I hope it holds off till next week actually since I still have some cleanups and mulching left to do. Although I definately prefer mowing to clean ups.

  5. johndeere455

    johndeere455 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    I will be starting on Wed. April 10, the fall fertilizer I put on my customers yards last fall is working well. And as for rain it hasn't quit here in 3 days.(Mansfield,Ohio)


    The Wright-Way Lawn&Landscape
  6. ohiolawnguy

    ohiolawnguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    if the weather was a little more cooperative, we would probably have started mowing yesterday. april 8. but, as it is now, i think we will start mowing next monday.

    however, we still have few cleanups to o on our larger properties, and we will be taking the mowers with us just in case they need it.

    the remainder of this week will be finishing up cleanups, and fertilizing. next week. the mowing season will be full go.(as long as it doesn't snow-LOL)

    BTW, we were mowing until the middle of december last year, and yes we actually were cutting grass.

    weve done a few one tie cleanups this spring where people said they hadn't mowed their lawn since turkey day last fall. as if i couldn't tell. their grass was 6-8 inches tall- no joke.
  7. The Lawn Choupique

    The Lawn Choupique Banned
    Messages: 199

    When the flounders start schooling the grass starts growing.
    That's when I know it's time to start cutting grass. Just as soon as you can wade out into the gulf at night and gig a stringer of flat fish you know it is time to grease up the ole lawn equipment.
  8. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Messages: 1,484

    i cut a lawn early last month when i was doing cleanups but didnt do any more until last week, just about full swing now
  9. coldbrook landscapin

    coldbrook landscapin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    here in central maine the grass is still brown.. looks like next week spring cleanups... mowing around the may 1. and finished mowing and leaf pickup around the middle of november.
  10. sbvfd592

    sbvfd592 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 668

    Well I started mowen today man was it fun 72 and partly cloudy tee shirt and shorts gota love it .

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