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    Mowing steep ditches

    I have a 275 ft long steep/deep ditch along the road. It is overgrown with tall grass and weeds. I'm to scared of driving my x738 in the ditch. Probably get high centered with the mower deck. Any ideas? I thought about string trimmers but don't want to spend to much if I'm only going to use it in the ditch twice a year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ultra7350 View Post
    I have a 275 ft long steep/deep ditch along the road. It is overgrown with tall grass and weeds. I'm to scared of driving my x738 in the ditch. Probably get high centered with the mower deck. Any ideas? I thought about string trimmers but don't want to spend to much if I'm only going to use it in the ditch twice a year.

    You want me to come over and show you how to do it? With your tractor of course. lol
    At least yours is AWD, I have to make mine AWD. lol
    When I first got my X540 I was all timid with it. Now look out. That thing climbs like a Billey goat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by H-D dealer dude View Post
    You want me to come over and show you how to do it? With your tractor of course. lol
    At least yours is AWD, I have to make mine AWD. lol
    When I first got my X540 I was all timid with it. Now look out. That thing climbs like a Billey goat.

    I have "house guests" (nobody I like) this week so I'm itching to get out of here. Just send me a plain ticket.
    My ditch is shaped like a big V. If you jump in the ditch you will have to climb out of it in some areas.

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    Is there any way you can post pictures of your problem? I think you will get more responses to your question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ultra7350 View Post
    My ditch is shaped like a big V. If you jump in the ditch you will have to climb out of it in some areas.
    Like most peeps I hate string trimming. So if it can be run over with a tractor I'll find a way. Like at my side job property that I cut. It has a big hill between it and the lot next door. I wait until the neighbor cuts his but he only goes so high. Then I drive into his lot and climb up the hill. Up & down, move over till I get to the end. If he hasn't cut yet I just side hill it as far over the side as I dare to go.

    The little bit I can't get with the tractor I use the walk behind mower on. You want a mower with at least rear wheel drive. Front wheel drive is useless except for flat lots. Whatever the walk behind can't get the string trimmer finishes.

    At my old house I made a trail behind the sand mound. I could drive my old L108 up the back side to cut it. Was able to access 2/3 of it. It was just to steep to cut sideways. Previously it was all string trimmer work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ultra7350 View Post
    I have a 275 ft long steep/deep ditch along the road. It is overgrown with tall grass and weeds. I'm to scared of driving my x738 in the ditch. Probably get high centered with the mower deck. Any ideas? I thought about string trimmers but don't want to spend to much if I'm only going to use it in the ditch twice a year.
    I agree, pictures would help. Would you consider attacking the weeds (assuming they're broadleaf) with a trimec or 2, 4-d product, and let the grass grow?

    I've been hitting our neighbors road ditch hard for the past several years to the point that it's now brome, orchard, birdsfoot trefoil, timothy, and with a little alfalfa. Not nearly as nice as mowed grass, but it certainly does not look unkept. Each spring my neighbor burns his pasture and with that, the dead ditch grass returns to carbon.
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    Got a weed wacker at work with the Polycut blades.Does a great job on heavy grass and cattails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 56Nine View Post
    I agree, pictures would help. Would you consider attacking the weeds (assuming they're broadleaf) with a trimec or 2, 4-d product, and let the grass grow?

    I've been hitting our neighbors road ditch hard for the past several years to the point that it's now brome, orchard, birdsfoot trefoil, timothy, and with a little alfalfa. Not nearly as nice as mowed grass, but it certainly does not look unkept. Each spring my neighbor burns his pasture and with that, the dead ditch grass returns to carbon.
    That is a good idea. I would like to control the weeds and let the brome take over. But it is going to require a lot of spraying to kill most of the weeds.
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