Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. #1
    Silver Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    218

    Default grass cutting dilemma

    I have about 3 acres to mow with a JD 2210 and 62 inch mowing deck. This year the grass has been growing very quickly and to be frank it has got away from me. I keep the lawn at 3.5 to 4 inches high. Im now finding that with the excess cuttings that it is becoming more difficult to cut plus the cuttings are beginning to damage the grass. I have tried dragging a chain linked fence and I have had a moderate amount of success with "rolling up" the clippings but they still need removal. Would a lawn sweeper be any help in these circumstances?

  2. #2
    Silver Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Posts
    139
    Location
    NE Ohio
    Tractor
    Toro WH 520XI

    Default Re: grass cutting dilemma

    deereman64,

    I use a Toro WH 520xi with a 60" deck to cut my 3 arces with. I always cut my grass at 4" with my mower deck. I always mow my grass about every 5th day, weather permitting. I never have had any problems with excess grass clippings per say, except maybe in the spring when the grass is thicker and moist. Sometimes when I have excess grass clippings I raise the mower deck all the way up with the deck blades engaged. I then mow over the excess grass clippings and the mower kind of fans/thins the excess grass clippings outward.

    Are your blades sharp? I sharpen mine every 25 hours. What kind of blades do you have on your mower deck? Maybe you need a set of high lift or gator blades. In what direction do you mow? I mow north to south one week, then east to west the next week. This will help you spread out your old excess grass clippings. When mowing, do you discharge your grass clippings inward or outward from the uncut grass? I always discharge my grass clippings outward. Is your mower deck set up right? Does it cut/mow level? The front of your deck should be about a 1/8"-1/4" lower then the rear of the mower deck. If all of the above items check out OK, then I guess a lawn sweeper is in oder. I hope this info will help you out.

    arthurb,

  3. #3
    Veteran Member Will_C's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Posts
    1,589
    Location
    Upstate N.Y.
    Tractor
    B2620, Toro Z-Master 45 3 (2 3hp Kaw asaki, 52" deck.Kubota RTV 900)

    Default Re: grass cutting dilemma

    I will raise the deck .5" and mow the grass perpindicular to the previous mowing (that i just finished) to help disperse the grass when it gets too thick. seems to work well.
    Will

  4. #4
    Veteran Member Nasty135's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    1,423
    Location
    Southern Md.
    Tractor
    massey ferguson 135/1433v

    Default Re: grass cutting dilemma

    Deereman, Will gave some good advice ,and yes you are right about the grass growing fast for along time this year...Usually by now it has slowed growing somewhat... If you can't possibly rake the certain areas that seem to grow quicker (around the septic tank) I would do as Will suggest and then plan it so that I could re-cut the grass to my desired height a few short days later, A little more fuel and time but worth it at my house....

  5. #5
    Super Star Member rswyan's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Posts
    12,296
    Location
    Northeast Ohio
    Tractor
    Kubota B2910, Simplicity 18 CFC, Cub Cadet 782

    Default Re: grass cutting dilemma

    Quote Originally Posted by deereman64
    I have tried dragging a chain linked fence and I have had a moderate amount of success with "rolling up" the clippings but they still need removal. Would a lawn sweeper be any help in these circumstances?
    It might - also consider a dethatcher (either building or buying one) - that way you can keep the clippings stirred up and from getting matted down, recutting them the next you mow.

  6. #6
    Veteran Member Dutch445's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Posts
    2,441
    Location
    Upstate NY
    Tractor
    JD X585

    Default Re: grass cutting dilemma

    I have heard both good and bad about "gator" blades, and wonder if
    they might help your grass break down a bit quicker if the grass is
    in smaller pieces... might be worth a try.

  7. #7
    Silver Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    218

    Default Re: grass cutting dilemma

    First of all thanks for everybody's suggestions I have just bought new blades they are not gator blades. I will check the mowing deck heights plus Im going to change and vary my mowing patterns

  8. #8
    New Member
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    19
    Location
    Iowa
    Tractor
    John Deere X320

    Default Re: grass cutting dilemma

    Yes, A lawnsweeper would be very helpful.

  9. #9
    Veteran Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    1,470
    Location
    Georgia
    Tractor
    YM2000

    Default Re: grass cutting dilemma

    Thats the same story as mine last year wich caused me to buy a lawn sweeper(Lowes had the best deal).. It did the trick last year and was well worth the money. This year, we have been dry so I have yet to break it out.. But I have it in case I need it..
    Greg

  10. #10
    Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Posts
    34

    Default Re: grass cutting dilemma

    I would double cut. First trip cut to the outside which doesn't allow the buildup. When you recut, throw the grass to the inside. If you get a major buildup, just cut into numerous circles. Takes a little bit of effort to rake it up but doesn't choke the yard with a heavy load of clippings.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
© 2016 TractorByNet.com. TractorByNet is a registered trademark of IMC Digital Universe, Inc. Other trademarks on this page are the property of their respective owners.