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Tips for minimizing turf tear

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by Mikeyd, Feb 22, 2015.

  1. Mikeyd

    Mikeyd Junior Member
    from 46032
    Messages: 18

    Hi everyone
    I'm relatively new to plowing. I do mostly resedential driveways.

    Many of my driveways are not that long so backing in is not an option. So what I do is back drag about 3/4 of the way down and than try and push to the side of the driveway

    I've been pretty lucky so far, but I know a day might come when I tear into someone's yard or worse yet someone's spinkler head.

    Just wondering what others do? I've heard some say not to push in float mode which makes sense. Any other ideas?

    NOTE: trying to avoid pushing into the street when at all possible.

    Mike
     
  2. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,518

    Know where the edges of your properties/drive is and lift your plow as you get to the edge.

    some poimts,
    1.you are back dragging.... nothing wrong with that.
    2,plow in float
    3 lift your plow as you come to the edge.
    dont just do bull work, show some ability.

    why would you push it into the street?

    back drag from the garage, then push the rest of it to the best location depending on the property.
    then what are you going to do with it if you did?


    then there is the yard guard......
     
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2015
  3. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,680

    ................:drinkup:

    th.jpg
     
  4. Mikeyd

    Mikeyd Junior Member
    from 46032
    Messages: 18

    Thanks SF! Thats pretty much how I do it now, just wanted to see how others do it
    Mike
     
  5. maxwellp

    maxwellp PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,112

    I have a polyurethane cutting edge, it is much more forgiving on grass.
     
  6. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,857

    Inverted blower on a tractor.
     
  7. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    I just happen to have a sample of sod on my plow now.
     
  8. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,164

    I sell lawn repair in the spring...quite lucrative.
     
  9. jasburrito

    jasburrito Senior Member
    Messages: 118

    Also helps if the property is landscaped with the grade not higher than plowed surface. Can blame torn up grass on bad grade.
     
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2015
  10. On a Call

    On a Call Senior Member
    Messages: 760

    Fix your damage as soon as you thaw...put it back and it will grow.

    I have no idea how many times or yards of sod I have repaired.....too much

    I have learned...early in the winter be carefull !!!! late in winter once frost sets in...go for it. I slide across many lawns...no damage
     
  11. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,680





    Cat 950 and 16 Foot Pusher........:eek:
     
  12. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    15 immigrants with plastic shovels
     
  13. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,680





    .......:laughing:.....Best idea yet.......:salute:
     
  14. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    Ya, I learned it from a guy that spoke at the GLTE a couple yrs ago....I think he was even from your town (Detoilet). Surprised you didn't know that trade secret.:nono:

    You can thank me later.
     
  15. boss75

    boss75 Senior Member
    from MI
    Messages: 157

    More intelligent posts from Matsen
     
  16. On a Call

    On a Call Senior Member
    Messages: 760

    I still say...late winter...no damage