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avjohnson
08-04-2008, 06:28 PM
Sometimes during the busy mowing season I get a good size load of grass in the truck and cannot dump it for a few days. During that time it tends to reak really badly and I hate to be the guy that stinks up the neighborhood...or whereever I go...I was wondering if there is a way to contain the smell or minimize it when I can't make it to the dumping place. If you water it down maybe? Or put a tarp over it? Any tips are appreciated...

SNAPPER MAN
08-04-2008, 06:30 PM
Dump some febreeze on it...

White Gardens
08-04-2008, 06:32 PM
Watering it down and putting a tarp over it will only make it worse. I would suggest using garbage cans that seal good. They'll stink, but at least it will stay contained.

Cranky Bait
08-04-2008, 06:42 PM
The simplest is to get it out of the truck but if that doesn't work. Is the truck enclosed?

rzero1123
08-04-2008, 06:46 PM
Try some lime spread it over the top of the pile

avjohnson
08-04-2008, 06:50 PM
No it's an open bed EZ dumper. If it's a small amount I just dump it at the end of the day in my yard but in buzy times that's pretty much impossible...

avjohnson
08-04-2008, 06:52 PM
Hmm the lime idea has potential...

hockeypro1411
08-04-2008, 07:00 PM
burn it. itll smoke real bad, and probably smell like smoke, but itll be gone.

Runner
08-04-2008, 07:03 PM
Lime just speeds up the decomposition. It will get worse - faster.

farmboy52787
08-04-2008, 07:07 PM
There's nothing you can do, just have to dump it as soon as possible.

UrbanGreen
08-04-2008, 07:20 PM
I think farmboy has the only solution. I've been dealing with the same issue....I even caught my neighbor crawling around in some shrubs that are between our houses because she thought something may have died in there:eek:

jsf343
08-04-2008, 07:21 PM
hang air fresheners all over in your bed.

OR-

If the neighbors complain just throw in some rotted cabbage, or take a dump in your bed and see which they like better. That will teach them not to complain!:hammerhead:

By the way... I am kidding, except for the air fresheners, that might be a really fresh idea.

WildLake
08-04-2008, 07:27 PM
Watering it down and putting a tarp over it will only make it worse. I would suggest using garbage cans that seal good. They'll stink, but at least it will stay contained.

No way, water it really good and tarp it! That's definitely what I would do!

MileHigh
08-04-2008, 07:31 PM
Water will make it much much worse...after it rains, then gets hot again...the smell of my clippings could kill a grown OX!

Just dump the grass out every @ possible and reasonable occasion.

gstros2
08-04-2008, 07:31 PM
burn it. itll smoke real bad, and probably smell like smoke, but itll be gone.

LOL yep great idea! Your truck wont blow up or anything:hammerhead:

WildLake
08-04-2008, 07:35 PM
Wet it. Tarp it. Forget about it!

david shumaker
08-04-2008, 07:59 PM
I don't take it with me. I put it in the customer's super can for the trash man to pick up. Most of my customers have 2 cans....1 for regular trash and 1 for lawn waste. The grass that comes from under my mower deck, I wash off or blow off into my driveway and then rake it into my shrubs. I also take a large grey round trash can with me on the trailer in case I need it.

ljhanson12345
08-04-2008, 09:13 PM
instead of air fresheners put some cedar logs in there. That what i do for the inside of my truck

BDLC Mikey
08-04-2008, 09:17 PM
No way, water it really good and tarp it! That's definitely what I would do!

ur a funny guy... :laugh:

punt66
08-04-2008, 09:24 PM
Dump the load!

STIHL GUY
08-04-2008, 10:05 PM
just deal with the smell and dont park upwind from the house

Lakewlc
08-04-2008, 10:45 PM
i like the sealed trach can idea

Lawn Enforcer
08-04-2008, 10:49 PM
Personally, I like that smell, but I have grown up in a town with a silage pile from the canning factory.

WH401
08-04-2008, 10:59 PM
If you have a bedliner your fine, but if you don't I wouldn't leave it in your truck bed. Grass is acidic and water only speeds up the process of it eating away the metal of your bed. As far as the smell, I don't know, obviously get rid of it some how though.

Dean of Green
08-04-2008, 11:25 PM
Looks like you need to make sure you have time at end of day to dump. There is no way to make it not smell. How long have you been in the green industry? One of the first things that most of us learned is that grass stinks in bulk. It is composting. You can't stop it. Tarp it until you get to a place to dump.

corey4671
08-04-2008, 11:35 PM
find a dead skunk on the side of the road and throw it in the back of the truck. you'll soon forget about the smell of the grass.

BarrFarms
08-04-2008, 11:57 PM
Nitrogen speeds up the decomposition. About 100 pounds of urea and it should help alittle!

mag360
08-05-2008, 01:37 AM
Tupperware insert:laugh:
Open a box of baking soda and put it in there:laugh::laugh:

Might help a little to toss some coffee grounds in there instead of the trash (if you make coffee often). Then again the two smells might just blend together and become worse.

mngrassguy
08-05-2008, 02:55 AM
I know if you stir a compost pile often it helps reduce the odor.

Grits
08-05-2008, 03:22 AM
You have a ez-dump and you don't dump regularly?????? There is now way you are that busy that you can't take the time to push the "dump" button (or whatever you do to make it dump).. Those grass piles straight up stink! I used to work for a municipality on the water/sewer crews. Rotting grass smells EXACTLY like a sewage lift station.

ALC-GregH
08-05-2008, 10:34 AM
Why can't you just take it to the dump? Maybe it's to far out of the way, I don't know. I live a few miles from the recycling center near me so I can dump trash or yard debris most any day I need to and it only costs $5 a load. :) If the smell is that bad, why not MAKE the time to dump it?

Allens LawnCare
08-05-2008, 11:30 AM
I'd say just dump it.....if you have to take a highway, raise the bed no higher then 14' (wanna keep the bridges up) then lower.....no dumping fees, no more smell!!

brucec32
08-05-2008, 07:33 PM
1. avoid parking in a garage
2. If unavoidable, call agent and confirm insurance is in effect
3. Check your list of deadbeat customers and go dump there, calling it "free compost"

02DURAMAX
08-06-2008, 02:25 AM
Just Dump ASAP!!!