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cgaengineer
09-21-2010, 07:13 AM
They were in rough shape. I serviced these for a HOA.

http://picasaweb.google.com/101905735424313578538/LauraParkHOA?authkey=Gv1sRgCMbHyomhitj7IA&feat=directlink

cgaengineer
09-21-2010, 07:28 AM
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/cgaengineer/Laural%20Park%20HOA/510.jpg

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/cgaengineer/Laural%20Park%20HOA/5102.jpg

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/cgaengineer/Laural%20Park%20HOA/5103.jpg

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http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/cgaengineer/Laural%20Park%20HOA/16391.jpg

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/cgaengineer/Laural%20Park%20HOA/16393.jpg

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http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/cgaengineer/Laural%20Park%20HOA/16511.jpg

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rockycrab
09-21-2010, 07:35 AM
Way to go. Love those kind of transitional jobs.

PROPERTYLAWNSERVICELLC
09-21-2010, 07:38 AM
looks good

cgaengineer
09-21-2010, 07:44 AM
I did a total of 4 in one neighborhood, but the 4th is on the camera itself in the cameras memory and I cannot find the cord. I like doing foreclosures, not that I dont do the best job I can all the time, but you can relax a bit with these...nobody will notice a stringer here and there or a scalp mark here and there...the bad thing is the wear and tear on my mower.

bobcat48
09-21-2010, 08:32 AM
Lookin good.

ShooterK2
09-21-2010, 08:41 AM
Looks awesome. What's your method? I've heard folks say to start high and gradually lower the deck with each successive pass, but I've always just cut at the height I want it to be, and continue as needed. How many passes does it take your Toro on those tall ones?

And, is it just me, or is that garage door on that last house really short?

cgaengineer
09-21-2010, 09:00 AM
I start with deck high...its a trade off, when the grass is this tall its actually very thin underneath at the actual lawn so it doesn't cut well with deck high. I cut most of these 4 times, because its dry the mower did well...I just went slow. The second house was the worst, the lawn was rocky and rutted.

The garage door is an illusion...its because its a split level.
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ShooterK2
09-21-2010, 09:27 AM
Makes sense. I have the same problem cutting tall stuff........it's thin and it just lays over and pops back up behind the mower. Makes for a very long day sometimes, which is why I charge a lot for these. Those look like nice properties in your pics........it's a shame they were ever let to get in that kind of shape.

lawnpropm
09-21-2010, 10:07 AM
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lawnpropm
09-21-2010, 10:09 AM
Nice job man. I love the foreclosures also. Nobody looking over your shoulder and also gives you a chance to tighten up on the skills or train new employees. One question do you have a grass handling system on your ztr?
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cgaengineer
09-21-2010, 10:14 AM
Nice job man. I love the foreclosures also. Nobody looking over your shoulder and also gives you a chance to tighten up on the skills or train new employees. One question do you have a grass handling system on your ztr?
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I do not bag. If someone wants it bagged they will have to hire someone else...I dont have the space to store and dispose of clippings anyway.

cgaengineer
09-21-2010, 10:19 AM
Makes sense. I have the same problem cutting tall stuff........it's thin and it just lays over and pops back up behind the mower. Makes for a very long day sometimes, which is why I charge a lot for these. Those look like nice properties in your pics........it's a shame they were ever let to get in that kind of shape.

Yeah, they are decent houses...a bit on the low side as far as prices and quality, but decent. Some of the houses have smashed windows from other LCO's and the garage door on one of them was smashed...

lawnpropm
09-21-2010, 10:27 AM
I personally do not bag either its to much of a headache. Reason i asked is the lawns looked flawless! Even after we run over it 4 or 5 times you can tell the grass was about 3 ft tall lol. What type of blades do you use?
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cgaengineer
09-21-2010, 10:34 AM
I am using standard Toro high sails. The key is to knock it down and start on another area while the first part dries out. There was still some clumps, but what can you do when they look like that? I know the neighbors next to the split level were thrilled...they thanked me.

What's bad is because the lots are so small and the grass was so tall, I had to mow with chute facing neighbors property and blow when finished...I couldn't go back and forth because it was too wet and thick.
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All_Toro_4ME
09-21-2010, 10:38 AM
Nice big sized properties. You did a great job.

lawnpropm
09-21-2010, 11:06 AM
Wow never thought of the grass drying out. Do you change directions for example back and forth then side to side and maybe diagonal? I have had some success doing this. Thanks for the tip.
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cgaengineer
09-21-2010, 12:04 PM
Wow never thought of the grass drying out. Do you change directions for example back and forth then side to side and maybe diagonal? I have had some success doing this. Thanks for the tip.
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Yes, I change directions a few times. Yes, dry grass can be chopped up very fine...almost dust.
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eatonpcat
09-21-2010, 12:42 PM
Looks good... Why so many foreclosures in that neighbor hood??

cgaengineer
09-21-2010, 12:53 PM
Looks good... Why so many foreclosures in that neighbor hood??

Not sure, its not the only one around here like that...lower to middle class and not smart I guess.
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chevyguy$$
09-21-2010, 01:15 PM
really nice work......

br549oicu8
09-21-2010, 01:33 PM
You're doing them a real nice job! I remember the late 70's and early 80's when I worked for the local Parks Dept. We had to do those lots. They now contract them out. It's not the tall grass, etc.. that becomes the issue. It's what is hidden with it. Junk, water meter, trash, etc...
Be careful and charge accordingly. a 2 man crew of mine would be at $100 minimum per hour with a one hour minimum.

cgaengineer
09-21-2010, 01:41 PM
You're doing them a real nice job! I remember the late 70's and early 80's when I worked for the local Parks Dept. We had to do those lots. They now contract them out. It's not the tall grass, etc.. that becomes the issue. It's what is hidden with it. Junk, water meter, trash, etc...

Thanks, yeah when people move they toss stuff in the lawn and they become mower wreckers. I found a walkman cd player (still works and even came with batteries) in one of the yards yesterday...not to mention rats were running all over the place.


Be careful and charge accordingly. a 2 man crew of mine would be at $100 minimum per hour with a one hour minimum.

I'm doing good than, I am at $60 per man hour. I quoted all of these hourly...its tough to estimate something that has 4ft tall grass.

kilgoja
09-21-2010, 06:24 PM
yeah i've noticed alot of foreclosures around here as well...almost every neighborhood has one or two in them....in some nicer neighborhoods half of the houses are for sale...i guess the bad economy is really getting to people

South Florida Lawns
09-21-2010, 06:32 PM
Looks like a lot of fun work there. In our deed restricted areas grass is always kept short even foreclosures, otherwise there would be some hefty fines.

Chevy z71
09-21-2010, 06:37 PM
dang nive what did u cut these with

cgaengineer
09-21-2010, 06:39 PM
Looks like a lot of fun work there. In our deed restricted areas grass is always kept short even foreclosures, otherwise there would be some hefty fines.

Its now a county ordinance that nothing be over 12" but you know how that goes...
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cgaengineer
09-21-2010, 06:40 PM
dang nive what did u cut these with

My 40" Toro Hydro WB
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rockycrab
09-21-2010, 07:37 PM
Its now a county ordinance that nothing be over 12" but you know how that goes...
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Funny, same thing here, but who fines the city and county and schools?
Because their stuff is way out of spec. Could post some pics of public property around here that has just about gone native. Rights of way stuff too. It's crazy.

mowerdude777
09-21-2010, 08:08 PM
I love when I get lawns like this always a nice wat to get some quick cash