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post #1 of 24 Old 10-15-2019, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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Rain, rain, rain, Holy Rooster Tails Batman!

The weather just won't give me a break. It's been raining for weeks. Every now and then it takes a day off but invariably not on my day off from work. Yesterday was a holiday (Turkey Day in Canada) but I had to work and wouldn't you know it, it didn't rain. Today I have the day off and it rained.

I tried dragging the sweeper around thinking maybe I would just hit the high spots in my yard but even those spots are soaked. None the less, I had to go dump the sopping wet leaves and there is no way to get over to my leaf pile without driving through standing water. I was shooting up rooster tales like if I was mud bogging. What a mess.

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Re: Rain, rain, rain, Holy Rooster Tails Batman!

Uh huh, yesterday evening brought the FIRST rainfall in three months here. We got just a touch over half an inch. It hasn't rained since sometime in July. Haven't had to mow for over 6 weeks. Went out yesterday and mulched the leaves in the backyard, they were so dry they almost disintegrated.
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Re: Rain, rain, rain, Holy Rooster Tails Batman!

I shouldn't complain... it could be worse. Just West of us they got over two feet of snow not counting the drifts. We got less than an inch and it melted quickly.

I could try pulling the sweeper with my Husqvarna AWD Rider instead but it doesn't have much in the way of fenders on the back. I'm tempted to make fenders for it.

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Re: Rain, rain, rain, Holy Rooster Tails Batman!

ditto here for drought conditions plus we've been under a burn ban for awhile. I did raise the mower deck to #9 out of its 10 positions and cut the grass tops last week, it was a dust bowl for sure. A well needed slow soaking rain started yesterday and it's still coming down now plus the temps are finally dropping.
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Finally the rain has stopped and the puddles are slowing receding. I hope to get the leaves picked up this weekend and maybe even get a mow in. This might be the last mow of the season.

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Re: Rain, rain, rain, Holy Rooster Tails Batman!

Last mow was a week ago when the doctor said no. Not till your better. Strange that's the way the whole summer went.
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It turned out to be a day of mud bogging. Try as I may to keep to the high ground, there were low spots along the path to where I dump the leaves so there was no avoiding them. It was compounded by driving back and forth through the mud many times.

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Re: Rain, rain, rain, Holy Rooster Tails Batman!

Went to mow the ditch banks along our dirt road a couple days after it recently rained about 2". Usually no problem as my mower is a "industrial/commercial" front deck type mower. Kept the mower on the upper edge of embankment and before I could blink, the left side drive tire slipped and gave way for the whole mower to start doing a drift motion right into the muddiest, softest part of the ditch where ground water goes after a rain. Takes weeks for this area to dry up.

Sunk the mower's left drive tire all way up to axle and threw mud for 20' all over me and mower as there's no fenders.

Had to go and get my 4-wheel drive truck and pull a 1200# mower out of ditch, into the field for a fair piece, to make sure it was on high-dry ground.

Other than that boondoggle, the rest of day mowing went well, even along the roadside ditch in other places where I had to slow down, or I'd have a face full of water being churned up by the mower's tires.

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I stop mowing the roadsides this time of year. There are no shoulders to speak of so I let the weeds get tall enough so they stick out through the snow to let drivers know where the edge of the road is.

Today was most likely the last mow of the season. I dropped the deck as low as it goes and scalped the lawn. Running the blades so close to the ground, it hit the dirt in one really wet soft spot. I had to flip the deck up to clean it as it got packed full. A few really wet areas had to be skipped.

I did manage to pick up most of the leaves with the sweeper but had to rake some real wet areas by hand. There are more leaves to fall so not done sweeping.

Weather prognosticators are calling for a couple of inches of rain the next two days and some more next weekend so it was good that I could get this done. There's a chance that it will stay too wet to do the final sweeping. With the grass cut really short, the wind should blow the leaves to the edges and the leaf blower should make quick work of the rest.

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Re: Rain, rain, rain, Holy Rooster Tails Batman!

This thread is worthless without pictures

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What you need pictures of water holes and mud?
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This thread is worthless without pictures
I work alone and don't have anyone to take "action" shots of the rooster tails. As for a mud caked sweeper and tractor, it's not very photogenic.

It's been raining all night. I woke up to huge puddles and even the high ground has a shiny "wet look" to it. It was quite windy as well so it took down a lot of leaves. Fallen leaves are laying flat as if someone took an iron to them.

More rain forecast for today and tomorrow. Long range forecast is clear for the weekend but only one day (Friday) has sun forecast so don't know if the ground will dry up enough to drive on.

Yesterday I took out my Swedish Rider (R322TX) with the snow blade to tuck in my sprawling leaf pile. The compost dump has gotten quite churned up with mud from all the traffic but the AWD rider with the more aggressive HDAP tire treads handled it well. I had to use a stick and drive around rubbing the mud off the tire sides so as not to drop the mud in the driveway.

The Craftsman that I tow the sweeper with has much wider rear tires than the rider but they are turf saver treads so have very little traction in mud. The AWD rider does much better for traction but the narrow HDAP tires and extra weight would tear up the lawn too much. That and the ground speed on my Craftsman is much faster than the rider.

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The AWD rider does much better for traction but the narrow HDAP tires and extra weight would tear up the lawn too much...
If only they had the option of duallies like the Ventrac.


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Re: Rain, rain, rain, Holy Rooster Tails Batman!

My 5n gal. pail I use for a rain gauge is just about full after last night. It's been there since the last couple of showers we had at the end of Aug. so about 12 1/2 inches, don't know how much the dog has been drinking. I have more standing water than after a fast melt in the spring.

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What you need pictures of water holes and mud?
Yes, it makes for a more engaging and interesting story. I also like to see what people get stuck in. I also always have my phone on me when Im on the tractor because Ive got headphones on and Im streaming music. I state this because Ive always got a camera at the ready for who knows what I may encounter.

Clearly my levity was missed regarding my comment. Im really not sure how much fun you guys are at parties.

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