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Mowing rocky soil
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Paula    Posted 08-30-2004 at 07:38:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My property is mostly wooded but clear around the house. A
little less than an acre in all cleared. I seeded with dutch clover
because I hate mowing and this stuff grows to about 6".
However, the fill dirt they graded with had grass seed so I have
some spots with actual growing blades of grass which I knock
down with my string trimmer.

My worry is that this soil is so rocky that a lawnmower will just
get chewed up by rocks and spit rocks everywhere. Could I use
a riding mower on this kind of ground?


Joel    Posted 08-30-2004 at 13:13:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
You could spray the area with a grass specific herbicide like poast which will kill only grasses and not broad leaf plants (like clover). Check the label before you use it for the specifics. After killing the grass instead of just cutting it down, sow the spots with clover or let the clover fill in.

Les    Posted 08-30-2004 at 13:03:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Paula, it looks like I'm a little late to this party but would like to put in my 2 cents' worth:
I don't believe it's the DR field and brush mower that would be the most appropriate but the DR trimmer mower. I've had one for several years and it's a great piece of equipment. It's pricey. They make and sell them in VT, just south of where Salmoneye lives.
I probably don't use mine more than 10 hours per year and I still think it's worth it because it's made for just the kind of situation that you have there.

Paula    Posted 08-30-2004 at 09:02:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks everyone. From all the posts I think the following
remedy is in order - picking rocks! I'll keep weed whacking in
the meantime. I couldn't possibly afford the DR mower, but
thanks for the link.


Peanut    Posted 08-30-2004 at 09:11:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know what you mean. It is expensive. I wasn't sure if you wanted to go shopping based on your riding lawnmower question. Mainly I just wanted you to know those types of cutters are out there if you have never seen one before.

Happy weedeating :^)

Bkeepr    Posted 08-30-2004 at 08:47:15       [Reply]  [No Email]

I'm over south of Middletown, so you know the kind of land...lots of rocks and fairly steep slopes. I use a riding mower, wouldn't get done otherwise. Occasionally I hit a rock, it'll make a lot of noise and maybe kick out a few chunks but no harm done. Just don't mow around anybody, I wait til I'm alone just in case a rock goes flying.

Tom A

Peanut    Posted 08-30-2004 at 08:36:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Pete's Dream is right. Most new riders can't handle the rock punishment. Check out this type of mower if you want to consider leaving the rocks where they lay.

DR Field and Brush Mower: This sturdy mower is an excellent choice for cutting heavy grass, weeds, briars, and even saplings from 1 to 2 inch diameter. A DR Field and Brush Mower is simply a walk-behind brush-hog that is useful during trail construction and trail maintenance. It comes in 9, 11, 13, or 17 horsepower models. The 17 HP is the best for trail work with its heavy, 30 inch wide blade capable of powering through saplings up to 2 inches thick. It is more useful than a sickle-bar mower because the material is chewed up and does not need to be removed from the trail as much as with a sickle-bar mower.

Safety tip: The mower can throw objects and injure others. Other workers should be kept at a safe distance away from the mower.


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Pete's dream    Posted 08-30-2004 at 08:23:18       [Reply]  [No Email]

Rocks and short stumps grow so what you missed the last time you may hit the next time. Just a few weeks ago I did considerable damage to the riding mower when I hit a stump that I had grown accustomed to mowing over. Guess I will be diggin that scutter out this winter. Another thing to consider is that most newer type mowers are just not built to take this type of punishment.

Peanut    Posted 08-30-2004 at 07:54:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Rock picking is essential if you cannot raise the mowing deck above the rocks. If you don't you'll shatter the rocks and damage many mower blades along the way. Not a very safe thing to do if you can avoid it. A riding mower is a little safer than a push mower since your legs are not exposed to rock shrapnel while sitting on a rider. Certainly more horsepower to chew up rocks on a rider if that is your intent. The bad news is that it is more difficult to change blades since riders are heavy and sometimes tough to get underneath the mowing deck.

One note about the topsoil suggestion - screened soil is important so you are not adding rocks to your yard. Adding topsoil really only delays when you'll see the rocks. Eventually, they'll work their way up through the topsoil and you'll have the same problem.

Red Dave    Posted 08-30-2004 at 07:47:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes, but you'll have to set the deck high enough to clear the rocks. When I was a kid, I hired out sometimes to farmers to "pick rocks". A tractor with a flat wagon, a couple of us kids and a lot of bending over.
Sounds like you need to do something similar. Twice a year for a couple years ought to do it.
I'd hate to do it now, prolly never get straightened up again ;)

It would be a little pricey, and I don't know how big a place we're talking about, but you might get a price from a landscaper to come in and put a couple inches of screened topsoil over your yard.

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