Just after some opinions here mostly directed at the people who cut a lot of lawns when you cut a lawn that has lots of weeds before you move onto another lawn that may be looked after i.e has had treatments so has less weeds and healthier. Would you clean the mower to avoid cross contamination of bringing weeds from the last garden you cut.
If you do is it just a wipe and wash with water or do you use a cleaning solution?
Cross contanination can be a problem on higher quaility turf, We always tend to presure wash all grass cutting machinery after every use and certainly never goes back in the shed without this happening as i think its good parctice anyway. obviously though not always practicle when moving site to site but i find a general sweep down with a brush or airline is sufficient when doing this.
That's an interesting one. Not really practical when you visit maybe 10 gardens a day, but if the lawns are treated regularly it's not really a problem.
I understand if you have a lot of lawns Colin, I think I would probably do as Adrian as brush down during the day with a proper wash at the end. I saw this point raised on an American forum similar to this and it got me thinking as to what you guys do. I am just staring to add this to my list of services so I thought I'd ask.
I would see it as a non starter, the machines should be blown/washed at the end of the day. But to do it after each job would be a time consuming affair.
i think that you are more likely to bring something in with the wind than on a mower. weed free lawns are often treated, if only twice a year, plus they are frequently cut and weeds wont show nor stand a chance if they dare. i also mow a few acres of fine fescues that are bowling green quality and completely untreated and the the only problem they incur is moss due to the cutting height(not my choice!), i mow rougher areas for the same people with the same mower sometimes on the same day, the next or before and have never suffered cross contamination. the only time i clean my mowers is just before they are about to clog from a weeks wet grass. a mulching mower spreading bindweed might become problematic but i cant say i've even spread a weed from the same lawn around..
A daily clean in my case - as all lawns are visited either weekly or fortnightly they should all be well cared for and under control - the only time this may be an issue would be a new customer with a lawn that was previously not cared for - but as it would be treated straight away this should be no problem.