Would some kind soul please send us a *** drop of rain!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by QualityLawnCare4u, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
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    For you folks that are in the areas that are being flooded wanted to say I am sorry. However, I wish someone would send us a drop of rain. I had 3 cancelations today on two week yards. I am now down to cutting every 3 weeks and they don't need it. Toasty and brown. I can't beg, buy, borrow or steal a drop of rain.

    Extended forcast today calls for no rain in site for the next week with temps in the high 90's and low 100's. I am choking on every yard I do from the dust clouds. I remember a few years back offereing to send some rain we were getting so much of it but not this year! Its either feast or famine. Im affraid my season may be ending very early like in the next month the way it looks.

    The only thing that has saved my azz has been good ol bahai, the only grass that can withstand a nuclear blast at ground zero:laugh: and keep growing.
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have said it year after year time and again folks need to lay off the cutting long before it gets
    to that point because now even if you do get rain those yards won't recover until mid to late fall,
    once they're toasty brown they're as good as dead and no amount of water will bring it back,
    what will come back one day are weeds, most likely lots of them.
  3. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
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    Topsites, all my yards are weeds and a mix of grass and thats when it rains:laugh: I only have really one high end yard that really cares about keeping it watered and his health has gotten bad. His yard looks the worse that it has ever looked. I basically show up and stur up dust. Thing about it is a lot of my clients could care less if their yard died, then they would not have to pay for lawncare:hammerhead: Oh, BTW, bahai is hard kill, it can turn brown and one small rain it turns green and healthy real fast!

    Actually I the 3 that called today sounded real happy about not having to have yards mowed:cry:
  4. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    it's dry as a bone here...we need rain bad....but for some strange reason i've been getting calls left and right every day this week.
  5. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    you can have t hoping for few weeks of dry weather
    Have lots of new lawns to put in and can t till mud
  6. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    OP I feel for you, drought is THE TOUGHEST situation to endure for mowers.

    Too much rain, frustrating, but at least there is grass that can be cut and will need cut often in the forseeable future.
  7. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
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    We just got a couple of brief thunderstorms yesterday and a huge one this evening, but before that it had gotten really dry. We went from seemingly endless rain and uncontrolled growth to bone dry and lawns starting to stress out in a period of 2 weeks. I have never had to raise my cutting heights and skip cuts in early June before. Some lawns were showing that bluish wilt they get before they start to burn out. It seemed more like mid to late July. Hopefully the rain we got will get things growing again and we will get into a more seasonable weather pattern.
  8. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    daryl I would say since it is still late spring your mowable turf should pull out of it and start decent growth again.

    The really bad droughts are the ones that happen mid/hot summer and the lawns go totally dormant, where even some nice rainfalls don't bring them back very well. You have to wait until fall to get them rejuvenated again.
  9. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
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    Yeah, that was how it was last year here. Pretty much any lawn area in full sun that didn't get irrigated got fried. I did well on the lawn renovation end of things in the fall though :) As a side note, I re-seed all those areas with Turf-Type Tall Fescue.

    It's just weird that a week ago I was struggling to keep up with the growth and this week I'm skipping cuts. We got an inch or 2 of rain in an hour this evening though which should hold us over for a week or more.

    I guess it's better here than some areas though, so I won't complain.
  10. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,758

    Actually when I posted this I was thinking of you folks in MO, been seeing a lot on the news about all the rain yall are getting and wishing I had just a little of it!

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