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cpllawncare
11-10-2012, 06:16 PM
Okay I got my first account with a pool, the customer got rid of the last guy because he had to clean out his pool everytime he serviced the yard. How do you go about edging around a pool without getting debris in the pool?

Darryl G
11-10-2012, 06:37 PM
You don't, lol.

It depends on the layout of the pool. On many pools, there's a walkway and/or patio around the whole pool. In that case it's pretty easy to keep clippings out. However, I have one account where for about half of the distance around the pool there's nothing but a coping a few inches wide. The only way I can keep trimmings out of the pool when trimming/edging that area is to have someone on the other side of the pool blasting a large backpack blower at me full throttle while I trim...not very practical. So what I usually do it just throttle my trimmer back as much as possible, make sure to go clockwise and grab the skimmer when I'm done and try to scoop most of the clippings outs before they spread out across the whole pool. I also try to mow as close as I can with my mower to have as little to trim as possible. I always bag the area immediately surrounding a pool.

Weekend cut easymoney
11-10-2012, 07:34 PM
I go over to the pump and kick it on while I mow....then empty the filter basket....usually will clean it in ten minutes...but I have used skimmer to get big pieces
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greendoctor
11-10-2012, 08:02 PM
Do not use string to trim. Use a Redmax Reciprocator or Maruyama Landscape Blade.

cpllawncare
11-10-2012, 08:29 PM
I go over to the pump and kick it on while I mow....then empty the filter basket....usually will clean it in ten minutes...but I have used skimmer to get big pieces
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I like that Idea!

32vld
11-11-2012, 08:10 AM
This is another reason to use a stick edger. Get yourself one with a good sized blade guard and heavy duty mud flap.

Weekend cut easymoney
11-11-2012, 09:28 AM
I hate carrying extra equipment and having to go back to truck for one small area of yard
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cpllawncare
11-11-2012, 09:40 AM
This is another reason to use a stick edger. Get yourself one with a good sized blade guard and heavy duty mud flap.

I have one, I'll try that to. I think I'll reinforce the mud flap so as to force the debris down to the ground more.

Duekster
11-11-2012, 10:12 AM
LOL and many people with a pool think they should get a discount because there is not as much to mow.

greendoctor
11-11-2012, 05:38 PM
Any lawn that merits something different from the hack it with a rotary and string trimmer should not be on the same fee schedule. I know people that think mowing of a 2 acre lawn should have some kind of volume discount. Not!!!!!. Their lawn has a million trees, plenty of edging and trimming to be done. There is also no way to fit a triplex fairway mower into the lawn either. 27" 7 blade walk behind only.

Weekend cut easymoney
11-11-2012, 06:03 PM
the edge with a weedeater can look as good if not better than a blade..truth be known, in thirty years ive never had anyone ask for me to use an edge r or complain because we didn't ...so I'd not really want to have to put it on the truck for a couple of high dollar yards.....through most yards here high dollar or not require the same equipment
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Think Green
11-11-2012, 06:41 PM
Easing off of the throttle is the most ambitious way to ease the trimmings. It all depends on the grass type also, as Bermuda grass does leave a mess.........Zoysia not as messy. Tall fescues.......leave larger clippings.
Wind shear will throw debris into most pools with no sidewalks or large bordered walkways, so trimming counter clockwise is how I achieve cleaner pools. The combi edger that i use isn't by any means a cleaner tool to use. They are all messy and will cause dirt to throw.
The real thing about the pools where i service..........the concrete is gravel embossed and those little rocks will fly......and the remainder is a old product called Bowmanite. Stamped, dyed concrete designs.
Rarely do I see newer in ground pools being installed here. The cost of cleaning and leaves is way too much for the average home. Those that can afford the cost, will not sweat a little bit of grass............you will get more soil in the pool walking across the concrete and getting and wind blow versus what the line trimmer will do.
If customers are excessively anal about a little trash, then maybe this account needs more fees involved.
The most thing I worry about in servicing these lawns is not getting iron prills in the pool.

cpllawncare
11-11-2012, 08:01 PM
LOL and many people with a pool think they should get a discount because there is not as much to mow.

Yea I had a guy that put in a huge garden and ask for a discount for the same reason, NOT!