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Darryl G
05-06-2011, 10:29 PM
I got quite a surprise today when I showed up to mow one of my regular accounts, the last one of a long day. White flags everywhere! I've dealt with white training flags for buried invisible dog fences before and usually they're in a straight line, so although it's a bit of a pain, they can be dealt with.

Well apparently they got the wireless invisible fence because the flags are in a circle across the whole lawn about 50 feet from the house. I didn't count them but there has to be at least 50 of them about 6 feet apart. This is a good sized lawn, probably about an acre of turf, nicely striped. I got a pretty good chuckle out of it but couldn't for the life of me figure out how to mow this lawn with the flags in place other than mowing "tractor-style" in a circle and I'd really hate to do that. I rang the door bell but nobody was home. I left and found another lawn to mow!

Southern Elegance
05-07-2011, 12:53 AM
take the flags up, mow, put flags back up.. we do it all the time , no big deal

ashgrove landscaping
05-07-2011, 07:14 AM
I would do the fastest method. Mow with the flags. Circle stripes actually look pretty good. Try it out.

Darryl G
05-07-2011, 07:17 AM
take the flags up, mow, put flags back up.. we do it all the time , no big deal

Yeah....well....like....how do I know where to put them? I was thinking of using white marking paint to mark their locations before I pull them.

Golfpro21
05-07-2011, 07:20 AM
Yeah....well....like....how do I know where to put them? I was thinking of using white marking paint to mark their locations before I pull them.

wouldnt the paint disappear when you cut the grass

Darryl G
05-07-2011, 07:31 AM
wouldnt the paint disappear when you cut the grass

Not all of it.

ALC-GregH
05-07-2011, 08:13 AM
They should only need to be there but a few weeks. Just cut around them until they can be removed. That's what I did. I wouldn't even trim anything close to them, just leave it longer near the flags. It's only going to be a few weeks and then they can be removed.

I'm confused. You said you left and found another lawn to mow. You didn't bother to do a scheduled lawn? Wouldn't that throw your schedule off?

MOW ED
05-07-2011, 12:25 PM
I hate these fences. It puts a big kink in the aeration business because they usually just bury that wire an inch or two undeer the lawn and my Classen has a tendancy to shread these things if the customer doesn't tell me about them. I always ask now.

weeze
05-08-2011, 12:47 AM
i've seen those things in yards and i'm like that sux...who in their right mind would want all of those little flags in their yard?.....it just looks dumb and they are in the way of mowing...i've never had to mow a yard with them in it but i can imagine how much of a pain it would be...just mow like normal and then weave in and out of them i guess lol

topsites
05-08-2011, 12:50 AM
This is the reason why I bought a bundle of 1,000 flaggots, so I can mow a tight "slalom" around those things
and if I do it just right I don't even have to get off the mower. The mower doesn't miss a single blade of grass,
so long I just barely "nick" each flag and make it bend over away from the deck as I pass through, voila.

Because if folks think I'm bending over 50 times to pick up 50 individual flaggots, then trying to remember where each one went?
It's one thing with a training fence, but the phone company and other places do it too and these things end up staying for months!
Ain't no way, not this cholo.

Invariably...
Over time certain white flags suddenly become orange.
The dogs apparently don't fret over this difference.

A Leaf Above
05-08-2011, 08:59 AM
Hate these things to ...I just mow as close as i can and thats it ...The flags will only be there for a week or 2 until the dog gets used to where the line is .....I will not remove and replace these flags ..Tell the dog company to come over and remove them and put them back when you are done ..I bet they wont do it so why should i ...Unless there is a little xtra $$$ in it for me ....Time is money ..

ALC-GregH
05-08-2011, 09:34 AM
i've seen those things in yards and i'm like that sux...who in their right mind would want all of those little flags in their yard?.....it just looks dumb and they are in the way of mowing...i've never had to mow a yard with them in it but i can imagine how much of a pain it would be...just mow like normal and then weave in and out of them i guess lol

They put them there when they have a invisible fence installed. The dog needs to know where it can go without getting zapped. They only need to be there a few weeks. I don't see a problem with it. The two customers I have that had them installed didn't have a problem when I told them there's going to be a strip of grass that won't get cut until they can remove them. Both said that it's fine. I told them when they do pull them up, I'll be back to normal with the mowing. THEY ARE TEMPORARY.

grassman88
05-08-2011, 09:59 AM
use them as a driving course lol thats what i did just zig zag thru then both ways them mowed as normal you said they were 6 feet apart i think your mower would fit thru that i had one lawn that had close to 200 it didn't take much longer than a regular mow i don't trim around them tho but i only leave like a 6" circle if that around each flag

Darryl G
05-08-2011, 12:02 PM
They should only need to be there but a few weeks. Just cut around them until they can be removed. That's what I did. I wouldn't even trim anything close to them, just leave it longer near the flags. It's only going to be a few weeks and then they can be removed.

I'm confused. You said you left and found another lawn to mow. You didn't bother to do a scheduled lawn? Wouldn't that throw your schedule off?

I went back and mowed it yesterday. I brought a can of white marking paint, marked the locations, pulled them up, mowed and put them back. I left some of them near the edges. I put them back while I was trimming so it didn't take long. Now that I have the locations marked it should go pretty quick next week.

Darryl G
05-08-2011, 12:07 PM
This isn't your standard buried invisible fence. There is no wire. The transmitter sends out a signal in a circular radius. It's when the collar no longer picks up the signal that the collar is activated. Like I said previously, I've dealt with flags in a nice line before, but never is a circle.

rain man
05-08-2011, 12:40 PM
Like Topsites idea as well as the marking paint.

One of the problems with flags (in general) is that no one removes them. Said company needs to do said work...Calls in for locates...Said work performed...Flags left to become a permenant fixture.

So, I pay attention to who calls in the locates and when the work is performed. Then I remove them.