I've never owned a roller mower due to the type of work we have, mainly commercial grounds.
I have a private contract which I have been aske dto start striping in preperation for a wedding venue.
The lawn is 1.4 acres and un-even so I'm slightly concerned I won't get it right, is there any advise anyone could give me please, any tips?
I do get a mowing strip with the mower I use but I know its very different when using a roller mower
Yeah your right about it growing out,it lasts a couple of days but thats it.
Adam Pilgrim also suggested the Hayter 56 Pro on chat so great advice. I'll check it out later, would I assume correctly that a second hand 56 would be ok or new?
I've been searching second hand ones, I've emailed a seller about delivery costs... :)
its a good time of year to pick up secondhand mowers significantly cheaper than earlier in the year. Make sure you get one thats only been used for domestic use.... not a knackered one that a forum user has decided to get shot of lol!!! I was momentarily puzzled about your post as stripping is taking your clothes off!!.... striping is the word.
lol, yeah hadn't noticed that, stripping gardener, maybe I'd make a little money on the side.
I don't suppose you'd know if it were used commercially or not, unless you knew the person
If you constantly go over the same stripes you will 'burn' them in, if you do a feed the stripes will look better.
If you don't always want to be cutting more grass because of the fertiliser you could do a liquid feed a week or so before the wedding depending of course on what you use ;)
The picture on my profile was a lawn that I double cut over the same stripes on a sunny day. Before I cut it, it had never had that effect.
Hi Robbie and thanks for the reply
Unfortunately, the lawn is a meadow seed, the lawn used to be a paddock and was later sewn to grass feed which means I can't feed it without cutting twice a week and we're contracted one a week.
I knew to strip against each return to keep the grass from as you said "burn", I appreciate the info though.
Someone said I should always look forward and focus on a marker when striping, which I've found easier said than done when the lawns un-even, I've found I end up off track, any recommendations for remedying this?
1.4 acres is a very large area for a wedding lawn. We currently 'stripe' one of about 1,000sq.m. with a honda 21" and takes a couple of hours. Question - is the 'paddock' even enough for the use of a relatively small mower and 'b' safe enough for wedding guests underfoot?
Hi Colin, morning Luke
Colin, the lawns level enough, I used to mow it with an 18" which was painful but do-able. I've leveled some areas where the dips were too big even for the Toro, it scalped an area around it so I plan to do the same in some of the other areas. I've wanted a 21" Honda for ages but not had the call for one so won't spend the money.
Luke. I love the look of a lawn when it's striped, it just looks like you've cared so I'm pleased I now have the chance to buy into a roller mower even if potentially it's for one job.
I did think on the other hand that maybe I'll just use it for most work, it wont hurt to stripe all the lawns where possible.
We wouldn't be on site when the wedding guests are around so H&S isn't an issue.