When to start mowing?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Gtotoy, Feb 5, 2001.

  1. Gtotoy

    Gtotoy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 171

    Im in the New Jersey area and was wondering when you guys start the blades? I have a new cust. this season and wants me ther March 1st , I think a little early?
  2. Ocutter

    Ocutter LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 314

    For cutting, yup way too early. Starting a cleanup could be done though. We start around the last week of mar. 1st week of april
  3. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,662

    We try not to start cutting befor the 3rd to last week in march. There is still a high probability for frosts and the ground is usually to wet or soggy for commercial equipment.

    If we can start mowing we usually start with the postage stamps that can be cut using our 21" sensations(orange-bobcat).

  4. Trimline

    Trimline LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    Sounds too early to me I live in Rochester N.Y. and start around the first week of april. March 1st might cause some unsightly ruts. Not worth it, I would tell him to wait rather than make a mess of the lawn. After the rains we had last year I cut some wet lawns. They looked better before I got there I learned my lesson.

    Good luck with this guy.
  5. morturf

    morturf LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 476

    I would say cut when the grass starts to grow. LOL. Clean up early is a good idea. Gives the grass a chance to grow unhindered by the winter accumulation of junk. Then wait for the grass to start growning. Don't mean to sound like a smart aleck.
  6. Gtotoy

    Gtotoy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 171

    thanz guys
  7. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    If its not to wet then go ahead and cut. Why not start collecting money from them. Easy money if nothing to cut.

  8. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
    Messages: 6,073

    Well, we'd like to start cutting now. Of course that is never gonna happen. So we'll settle for the last week of March, first part of April.
    We start our clean-ups in early March though.

  9. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    Im pushing early mows.After winter cut will make it look
    a lot better.Plus it gives you a meet face to face
    time to discuss how we are going to make there yd
    look so good, with other services you offer.
  10. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,555

    whats the sense of getting out early on a wet lawn that isnt growing.They be plenty of times in the spring to put ruts in the lawn,why rush and make them sooner.

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