Thinning Turf Around Lawn Perimeter from zero-turning radius mowers – Turfgrass Science at Purdue University

Thinning Turf Around Lawn Perimeter from zero-turning radius mowers

The popularity of the new zero-turning radius mowers is well-justified in terms of time and energy saving devices. However, these mowers are much heavier and faster than walk-behind mowers and thus increase compaction and turf wear. This is especially important around the perimeter of lawns (commonly referred to as the clean-up passes) where the mower tracks always fall in the same area (photo) and the constant turning damages the turf. This damage can be minimized in a number of ways. Mowing in different angles across the lawn will force different patterns in the turn-around areas. Using a smaller rotary mower (21”) to make a number of clean up passes will alternate the position of the tire tracks. More aggressive aerification in these areas will also help.

 


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