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Old 02-02-13   #1 (permalink)
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Grass cutting season

I was finishing pruning back in a garden this week when the next door neighbours garden jumps out gets his mower going and cuts the neighbours lawn. Surely its too early as next morning we had a hard frost.
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Re: Grass cutting season

I cut mine all year round as long as its dry.
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Re: Grass cutting season

tis the trouble. i have to cut the land lords grass (he uses next door like a holiday home)

was looking scruffy so ran over it with the mower and then it snowed!!
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I cut mine all year round as long as its dry.
Seriously doesn't it go yellow with the frost. I'll have to get the mower out from service to get started. Has been a funny season this year, trees haven't been dormant for long and the saps risen and now the grass season is almost back on.
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Seriously doesn't it go yellow with the frost. I'll have to get the mower out from service to get started. Has been a funny season this year, trees haven't been dormant for long and the saps risen and now the grass season is almost back on.
I cut mine just before the snow and frost,one morning it was minus 7. Snows all gone now and the grass is perfect, just dont go to low.
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Re: Grass cutting season

Back to it then, was looking forward to a hard but quiet few weeks, pruning back, getting the final bits of winter work sorted but looks like its game on again.
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Re: Grass cutting season

Cutting wet soil encourages compaction= moss and poor grass growth. In truth this really doesn't matter anymore. the fine lawns of yesteryear are not so common now.
Before Xmas we laid a lawn on top of snow and frozen soil. Went back to it a week later and the snow was still frozen under the turf. It's now fine and the weeds we introduced are thriving. (Customer wanted a lawn to match his existing) Never done that before because we were trained not to. In reality faced with a deadline and an unfussy customer we have proved that it can be done. Challenge what you think you know.
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Re: Grass cutting season

I was enjoying the calm of having time to thin and prune without the madness of cutting the grass. Just looked at my own lawn and its already going to need 2 cuts just to get it down. Problem with ours is that its still too wet to get a machine on.
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Re: Grass cutting season

Most of the rules learned at college for me have been ripped up. I've just not got the man power, machinery and budget to keep the lawns the way they did in them olden days. I'm spending more and more time fixing areas where lorries have cut across the verges.

A tip I use at this time of year is to drop the mower down one step from the highest setting and go round the edge of the lawn then set it to the highest setting and go round the same way but in the width of the mower. For me this gives a neat finish and blends the lawn quite well. Quick edge as well.

I've got alot of daffys naturalised all over the lawns so I have to wait to see where they pop up each year.

I wait till the spring time before I start putting patterns in the grass. As I have a wonderful mix of ryegrass and moss!
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Re: Grass cutting season

Just serviced the stihl strimmer, sharpened the edging shears and edging iron on the grinder and will hopefully collect the ariens mower from service later this week. In the meantime will make do with putting customers off the idea of cutting this week.
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