Welcome to The Cut, a weekly report of trending topics on the largest and most active online forum serving landscape and green industry professionals, LawnSite.com. Turf magazine and LawnSite are partners in the LawnSite Network.
- Running a link belt on a deck?
Little debate here. The answers were unanimous. But it doesn’t solve the problem. Why is the mower eating belts?
- Do grass clippings from trimmers and blowers cause weeds in garden beds?
A great question, with different answers. Overall, most felt grass clippings would have very little weed or grass seeds, which means little chance of germination. For the latest introductions in small engine and handheld equipment, like trimmers and blowers, see the Spring edition of Turf magazine. Get yours here.
- How much should a sole proprietor charge for lawn mowing?
Experienced landscapers weigh in on this tricky topic also in Turf magazine online. And to find the best mower to fit your needs, look for the Turf Spring edition. Journalist Amy Byrnes talked to experts at Kubota, Husqvarna and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) about the latest features in today’s commercial mowing options.
- Dealing with trash on commercial properties.
How much is the norm? Learn how the day you service the property can make a difference. And what in the world is a Ninebot mini? If only the RP-1200 autonomous golf range picker from ECHO Robotics could handle grabbing trash too!
- When do you get started for the busy season?
This month? First mow in mid-May for northern Minnesota? Some are itching to get back to work to avoid April overtime while others are more than happy to wait. For some, like in NJ, it was a mild winter with little to no plowing work. which makes affording new Spring equipment tricky. For the best financing options, see Turf’s article “Financing Know-How.”
- Best walk behind mower for slopes?
Turf Tracer? Hustler? Others? Hydro driven, wide wheel bases, and adding weight all earn mentions.