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densonlandscapes
07-21-2012, 07:24 PM
Ok ok I know this has probably been answered at some point in this forum probably alot of times but my search didn't't return the answer. So We bought a c-27 reel after an employee of mine talked me into it. We mow our customers this time of year at 2" with the walker so after taking it down to 1.5" with the walker and then 1" with the tru cut how long can I expect it to take to get the grass to green back up at the new level? Keep in mind that I also do the chemicals on all of my property's so they all just had a round of 25-3-8 fert and we have been having afternoon rains for the last 2 weeks. I understand they are multiple factors involved in how fast it greens up but think of a perfect world and recommend based on that. Thanks everybody great forum love it:clapping:

wrager
07-21-2012, 07:58 PM
I would think around 2 weeks with irrigation. You do realize to keep it at 1", you'll have to cut every 3-4 days?

grassmasterswilson
07-21-2012, 08:10 PM
I'd love to do some bermuda with a reel.

The hard part is getting a customer to understand that the shorter you cut it the more frequently you need to mow. I have a hard enough time getting people to do weekly!!!
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Florida Gardener
07-21-2012, 10:53 PM
If you are going to start cutting with a reel, I would scalp the bermuda, verticut, and sand it. If you have been maintaining at 2", there is prob a good amount of thatch buildup.

Def. need to charge more to cut with a reel too.

I doubt it would even take 2 weeks for the bermuda to green up. Bermuda grows like crazy now. I have scalped areas of zoysia that were completely green 5 days later....and bermuda grows way faster than zoysia.

Florida Gardener
07-21-2012, 10:54 PM
I would think around 2 weeks with irrigation. You do realize to keep it at 1", you'll have to cut every 3-4 days?

Good point....

BUT, I think if Primo was applied, once/wk would suffice.....def. cheaper to apply primo i would think than cut 2x/wk with a reel.

cgaengineer
07-21-2012, 10:58 PM
Ok ok I know this has probably been answered at some point in this forum probably alot of times but my search didn't't return the answer. So We bought a c-27 reel after an employee of mine talked me into it. We mow our customers this time of year at 2" with the walker so after taking it down to 1.5" with the walker and then 1" with the tru cut how long can I expect it to take to get the grass to green back up at the new level? Keep in mind that I also do the chemicals on all of my property's so they all just had a round of 25-3-8 fert and we have been having afternoon rains for the last 2 weeks. I understand they are multiple factors involved in how fast it greens up but think of a perfect world and recommend based on that. Thanks everybody great forum love it:clapping:

If you hit it with fert like you say and it's irrigated well it should only take a few days. I'm more concerned with how smooth your lawns are. Since you took them down another inch I'm guessing they are 100% brown so it's hard to see the high/low spots...you will soon find out. At 1" you can probably have 1/4"-1/2" deviation before it will show scalping badly...but you will see sharp lines really bad if not topdressed.
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cgaengineer
07-21-2012, 11:03 PM
I would think around 2 weeks with irrigation. You do realize to keep it at 1", you'll have to cut every 3-4 days?

How's the Trimmer working out?
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wrager
07-22-2012, 10:13 AM
Works great Chris!

cgaengineer
07-22-2012, 10:16 AM
Works great Chris!

Looks fantastic! Looks like you are feeding it some iron!
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cgaengineer
07-22-2012, 05:57 PM
Denson must be out yelling at his Bermuda to kick it into shape. Bermuda boot camp.
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densonlandscapes
07-23-2012, 09:26 AM
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densonlandscapes
07-23-2012, 09:33 AM
Thatch isn't a problem as I said they are well maintained with a walker ghs. I'm at a week on my personal Bermuda after being reeled and it is green in some spots but not totally green and its irrigated fertilized and healthy. I do agree that nothing shows high and low spots better than a lawn reeled at 1". I also agree its gonna be hard to sell this service to my customers and I will be looking to sell to new higher end properties more so than my current customer base. I'm still not sure if this new service is gonna fit my company but It's still too soon to tell. Thanks for the replys guys
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wrager
07-29-2012, 03:30 PM
Looks fantastic! Looks like you are feeding it some iron!
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Good call Chris! I use Bonide liquid iron a couple times a season.