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tiedeman
08-13-2004, 10:14 PM
Yup, I picked this up from the school today. And I mowed it for the first time today. Took me 4 hours to get some nice looking stripes going on. I mowed the field 4 times. Yup, 4 times!!! I need to get myself a good stripe kit though

tiedeman
08-13-2004, 10:16 PM
another pic. I crossed cut the endzones

tiedeman
08-13-2004, 10:17 PM
one overlooking the visitors side

tiedeman
08-13-2004, 10:18 PM
hey is another one overlooking home endzone

tiedeman
08-13-2004, 10:21 PM
here is how I seperated the field from the outside.

tiedeman
08-13-2004, 10:23 PM
I will post that pic above again, didn't load

tiedeman
08-13-2004, 10:24 PM
I tried to fit in as much of the field as possible in this pic

tiedeman
08-13-2004, 10:25 PM
ok, this is the finaly picture. You can see the three different strip directions that I used for cutting this

How I did the field was first cut the endzone, then cut the infield, and they after that striped outside of the playing field

dvmcmrhp52
08-13-2004, 10:28 PM
Looks good.
Also looks GREEN?
Is it possible???????

tiedeman
08-13-2004, 10:30 PM
sprinkler system

dvmcmrhp52
08-13-2004, 10:30 PM
:D

I figured.................
Just busting on ya.............

tiedeman
08-13-2004, 10:34 PM
Originally posted by dvmcmrhp52
:D

I figured.................
Just busting on ya.............

I figured you did. The reason that is took me 4 hours is because I was enjoying the green grass. Haven't seen it in some time, so I thought that I would soak it up

1MajorTom
08-13-2004, 10:34 PM
Looks very nice tiedeman. Good work.

tiedeman
08-13-2004, 10:35 PM
Originally posted by 1MajorTom
Looks very nice tiedeman. Good work.
thank you very much, appreciate it

Fareway Lawncare
08-13-2004, 10:36 PM
What Height ?!?!

SouthernFried
08-13-2004, 10:37 PM
It really looks great. Nice when you enjoy what your doing and spend the time like you have...it shows.

I'm curious. How do you pick up an account like that...and how much do you charge to do it? Is it a city account? Or a private school? Any special regulations or hoops you have to go through?

Sorry, but I am curious :)

tiedeman
08-13-2004, 10:40 PM
all due time guys, I will let you know. First I have to get something to eat. Be back in a few to let you know how, when, where I got it

bobbygedd
08-13-2004, 10:41 PM
very nice work. how long did it take you to snap the pictures? how much money did you lose by taking the extra time?

EastProLawn
08-13-2004, 10:47 PM
Looks great "T", nice job indeed....

1MajorTom
08-13-2004, 10:48 PM
Originally posted by bobbygedd
very nice work. how long did it take you to snap the pictures? how much money did you lose by taking the extra time?

I'd say it was his choice there to snap the pictures. He is in control of his time, and how he wants to spend it.... However if he wants to take the pictures but first must make a 40 minute detour, (not by choice) then he has lost money especially if he was supposed to be at the next job and couldn't complete it.

tiedeman
08-13-2004, 10:49 PM
Originally posted by bobbygedd
very nice work. how long did it take you to snap the pictures? how much money did you lose by taking the extra time?

smart@ss:D

Nothing actually, Friday I only work half a day, and this was after I already worked the first half

tiedeman
08-13-2004, 11:17 PM
ok the details of the mowing. This is a long story so strap in:

1. First of all, one of the reasons for taking so long is that I first mowed it at 3 1/2 inches, then down to 3.

2. It's a public school system

3. FREE! What are you nuts, did you say free? Yup free.

Ok, story time...About 3 weeks one of the assistant coaches for the varsity football team, also a member of the school board, stopped to talk to me about how the school hasn't been too happy with the work TruGreen did on spraying the football field, and also the work that a hyrdroseeding company did on with the installation of a new soccer field.

So he asks me for any help or ideas that they can do to improve the area and if I mind to take a look at the football field and soccer field and let him know.

So I go down and look at the soccer field, it's an absolute mess. The seed hasn't germinated, it's not graded properly, and they never tiled it. Water is in pools on the field, just looks like crap. Then I look at the football field. I decided that the pesticide application was just too risky for it being a school, but whoever was mowing the field was doing a sh*tty job. They were just mowing it around in circles and spraying grass all over the track. So I had an idea.

I get back to the assistant coach just last night and told him what I thought about the soccer field, about how it needs to be totally redone and there is no way anybody could play on it this year. I then told him that I couldn't do the pesticide, but I would love to mow the field.....for free. He tells me great, I will introduce you to the grounds manager tomorrow at 1pm, meet me at the practice field.

Ok, everybody is thinking why free. Well, I had a plan. First of all, this is a public school, budget is tight, and they are more than likely would not have paid me for it, or so I thought (an explanation of that is later on). So I figure, what we can do is I will go in there mow is for free, they announce my business name during the game thanking me for mowing the field, and also possibly have a sign down at the field recognizing me as who takes care of the field, and something in the program that gets handed out. What better advertisment for more customers. There are approx 9 football games during the year, 5 home JV and 4 home varsity. Well over 1,000 people attend each game, how could I go wrong (I know at this point my wife and parents are looking at me and saying," Are you nutz?"

So I meet him at the practice field and he introduces me to the gentleman. He is tickled pink that I would do it for free. He is so short handed right now, and he would love for me to do it (just for the rest of the year is what I told him). "Heck, I would have paid you," he said. (right there is what I told you about).
So we keep on talking and he says, tell you what, take care of it this year, and then I want you to come to me for prices for EVERY SINGLE FIELD DOWN THERE. The baseball, softball, soccer, etc. (That is right, my free act is already starting to pay off). I told him great, I will let him know. Shook hands and off I went to mow

later on........while I am mowing the field the assistant coach stops over to look. "WOW!!!!" He can't believe it. "Troy (yup my name) don't worry whether or not you're going to get the fields for next year because you will. With how you mow this, and with me being on the school board I will guarantee you the jobs next year."

"Much appreciated," I said

"Heck, when you are done, come on over to my place for a beer," he said


So the moral of the story is, time is money, and....I am one lucky motherf**ker (sorry Jodi, had to say it) :)

SouthernFried
08-13-2004, 11:23 PM
LOL...good story. With the way you handled the situation, and then the way you did the work...I would make sure you get all the work too.

Excellent job.

Now, for the fun part...Bobby's response :)

wriken
08-13-2004, 11:24 PM
looks great, bout time to move up to a big 60 or 72"

tiedeman
08-13-2004, 11:25 PM
Originally posted by SouthernFried
LOL...good story. With the way you handled the situation, and then the way you did the work...I would make sure you get all the work too.

Excellent job.

Now, for the fun part...Bobby's response :)

yup, I am waiting to get ripped on:o

tiedeman
08-13-2004, 11:25 PM
Originally posted by wriken
looks great, bout time to move up to a big 60 or 72"

funny you said that, I was looking at them today when I picked up my hedge trimmer

gl1200a
08-13-2004, 11:26 PM
I bow to you. Great work and great skill by the looks of your pictures. You should feel pretty satisfied that your decisions were all correct. Good luck!

Trevors Lawn Care
08-13-2004, 11:27 PM
well congratulations TIEDE.

that is one hell of a risk, and with great risk comes great pay off! your one lucky SOB. The advertising alone would be worth it in my eyes. Looks like you might need help up there for the season coming up...(thats a hint that i will be there SOON!)

Trevor

bobbygedd
08-13-2004, 11:34 PM
half a day? wow, you really lost alot of money on friday

NNJLandman
08-13-2004, 11:34 PM
Thats a awesome idea, its a good way of advertising off your business, maybe at half time have a lawnmower race??? haha field looks good, how do you make those stripes on the field like that so that they are so wide like that?? Looks awesome dude. Good Luck with it.

Jeff

tiedeman
08-13-2004, 11:40 PM
Originally posted by bobbygedd
half a day? wow, you really lost alot of money on friday

what took you so long?


No actually, the half of day is something personal that I started to do this year. I have my reasons

bobbygedd
08-13-2004, 11:51 PM
what took me so long? my wife was at the top of the stairs, wearing nothing but socks, yelling, "come and get ittttt."

tiedeman
08-13-2004, 11:52 PM
Originally posted by bobbygedd
what took me so long? my wife was at the top of the stairs, wearing nothing but socks, yelling, "come and get ittttt."

you figured out why I take Friday as a half day:D

dvmcmrhp52
08-14-2004, 12:27 AM
Tiedeman,
Really good thread!
I was thinking the same thing while I was reading your post..........
I am going to comment on how your time spent WILL create opportunities.................
Ya beat me to it!
Good post!
And good for you, smart business.

tiedeman
08-14-2004, 12:32 AM
thanks appreciate it dvmcmrhp

woodycrest
08-14-2004, 12:33 AM
Tiedeman,

THats some fine mowing!!!

It is amazing how carefully striped turf makes people say ''WOW"

Your striping design is flawless! THe cross cut in the endzones looks really sharp. It makes people stop and take notice!

Are those stripes on the feild 5 yards wide?

NICE JOB!!!

Dave

tiedeman
08-14-2004, 12:34 AM
Originally posted by woodycrest
Tiedeman,

THats some fine mowing!!!

It is amazing how carefully striped turf makes people say ''WOW"

Your striping design is flawless! THe cross cut in the endzones looks really sharp. It makes people stop and take notice!

Are those stripes on the feild 5 yards wide?

NICE JOB!!!

Dave

yup, they already had the lines marked (sort of) and so that helped big time with cutting it the 5 yard width.

woodycrest
08-14-2004, 12:45 AM
yEah, its tricky keeping those multi-pass stripes consistent.

i just started playing around with wider stripes this year, i mow two small golf courses, what better place to make different striping patterns...well except maybe soccer fields :)

this is from last week..

Lbilawncare
08-14-2004, 12:47 AM
Excellent pictures Tiedman, thanks for sharing.

tiedeman
08-14-2004, 12:48 AM
nice!!! Now do ou use a rotary on the rough, and reel on the fair and greens?

Are those golf courses yours?

woodycrest
08-14-2004, 12:49 AM
heres the other course...


similar to your soccer fields , there is no better advertising than mowing a place that is exposed to lots of 'traffic'.

dvmcmrhp52
08-14-2004, 12:53 AM
Nice work woody.
And you are correct.............

woodycrest
08-14-2004, 12:56 AM
Originally posted by tiedeman
nice!!! Now do ou use a rotary on the rough, and reel on the fair and greens?

Are those golf courses yours?

that all done with this mower...

well, i dont own them, but i look after them so i have squatters rights !! :)

tiedeman
08-14-2004, 01:04 AM
ahh, good old squatters rights :)

woodycrest
08-14-2004, 01:04 AM
Teideman,

this thread really caught my eye because i have an oppurtunity to get some work at a private college with three soccer fields that need some tender loving mowing...and the first cut on the main field will be a freebie! Just gotta figure out how to make those consistent 5 yard stripes without guidelines... i thought of laying out a few 'lines' with string just to make sure they start off 'square'.

i have a National 68 triplex reel mower too...it makes some prrty stripes..but its a slow mow.

Time is money, right? :)

Doc_77
08-14-2004, 01:07 AM
Teideman ,
looks great . can't waite until i can do something like that :) :drinkup:

SouthernFried
08-14-2004, 01:10 AM
You mow 2 golf courses with one tractor rotary mower? Including the greens?

That's amazing.

I have this dream that I keep having. I'm mowing a Golf course with my Gravely 36" WB...and I never, ever get done.

It's a recurring nightmare, and I know it must mean something deep and foreboding. But, who the hell you gonna tell?

"Ya, I have this dream...I'm mowing this golfcourse see...and I, well, I just can't get it all mowed. I feel a lotta pressure man...it's a nightmare."

I ain't telling no one...

chefdrp
08-14-2004, 01:25 AM
those are wonderfull pics and gave me an idea. great job.

Runner
08-14-2004, 03:05 AM
Troy,
Now is your chance to make some real money, and give them the soccer field that they have wanted. Also, ask them, if they want that field to REALLY shine, and withstand the playing season, NOW is the time to ask. I've installed a soccer field for a local school system that no one else was able to get gras to grow on, and I've maintained other athletic fields for them. also. A football field, a varsity baseball field - including skins, a varsity practice field, and a varsity girls softball field (nice complex). If you want to know howto make this field REALLY stand out, (again, a moneymaker), let me know. Give me a PM.

MOW ED
08-14-2004, 08:50 AM
Troy,
That is a great story and you should be the example that Friday the 13th really brings good things. You can develop this as far as you want and can really get your name out there, just think of the potential for add ons. Dethatching, core aeration, fertilizing, edging walks, etc all in one place. I enjoyed reading that and wish you the best, pretty soon you may have to move that Friday quittin time back a few minutes. :)

PMLAWN
08-14-2004, 09:00 AM
Are you going to cry when the players tear it to shreads?
It looks great!

tiedeman
08-14-2004, 11:00 AM
that is funny you said that, after I finished mowing that last night I grab the wife and brough her down to see it. There were some people walking on the field and I wanted to yell out, "Get the h*ll off the field."

Fescue Farmer
08-14-2004, 11:04 AM
Troy,

Looks Phenomenal! Great Job! Don't let anybody bust your nuts about doing "freebies" :

A freebie with a good plan + phenomenal work = future $ in bank!

I would love to have an account thousands of pairs of eyes will be riveted to for several hours a week.

I bet those stripes look really fine, like neon, when those stadium lights are kicked on at night!

Green Care
08-14-2004, 11:25 AM
Good jod Ty would love too see some night views, keep clicking the HP.

MMLawn
08-14-2004, 12:56 PM
Looks great. What kinda grass is on the field though? Having played a ton of football both in HS and College 3" seems really high. Here and everywhere I played against in college the fields were cut so close they were cut with reel mowers in most cases. Just wondering on the grass type.

NickN
08-14-2004, 01:37 PM
Too sweet!Please take some pics with the lights hitting it at night.I nominate you for the "Lawnsite Marketing Genius of the Month"

CamLand
08-14-2004, 04:18 PM
Originally posted by bobbygedd
what took me so long? my wife was at the top of the stairs, wearing nothing but socks, yelling, "come and get ittttt."

Bobby got his dose of Viagra and had to get to work fast...

Cod
08-14-2004, 04:34 PM
The field looks fantastic and I'm glad to hear you struck a golden deal with the school. Keep up the great work!

dcondon
08-14-2004, 11:07 PM
Nice work Troy:) I;m going to run accross the tracks and take a look in the am.

qualitylandscaping
08-14-2004, 11:14 PM
sweeeeeeeeetttttttpayup

Liberty Lawncare
08-15-2004, 12:05 AM
Originally posted by bobbygedd
very nice work. how long did it take you to snap the pictures? how much money did you lose by taking the extra time?
Bobby is jealous so tharefore is busting on the pictures.
Nice work Tideman and thanks for shareing the pictures with us.
Maby you can send Bobby G a bill for showing him what a GOOD JOB is.:D

dcondon
08-15-2004, 04:08 PM
it looks better in person then it does in the pic's. I had to go and take a look:D A+++

Tonyr
08-15-2004, 07:18 PM
Quality like that is a definite credit to ya mate, work like that is a pleasure to look at!

Very clever and professional how you played this situation to work for you, smart and knows how to use a mower! good on ya mate!

tiedeman
08-15-2004, 07:52 PM
Originally posted by dcondon
it looks better in person then it does in the pic's. I had to go and take a look:D A+++

Yup, top row by the press box is a great place to see it.

o-so-n-so
08-15-2004, 09:10 PM
Premo job................................................

pjslawncare/landscap
08-15-2004, 09:23 PM
My hats off to U Teidman, Exposure can be very good for business & U got yourself in a good situation. Let us know how it does & good luck.

Eric 1
08-15-2004, 10:22 PM
INCREDIBLE, truly amazing, second only to Elms stripes that i have ever seen, and brilliant advertising scheme two.!!!!!!!!!!!:drinkup:

Looks like you used a 48'' though, i thought you had a 72'' Ex-mark Diesel.:cool:

tiedeman
08-15-2004, 10:33 PM
Originally posted by Eric 1
INCREDIBLE, truly amazing, second only to Elms stripes that i have ever seen, and brilliant advertising scheme two.!!!!!!!!!!!:drinkup:

Looks like you used a 48'' though, i thought you had a 72'' Ex-mark Diesel.:cool:
nope, largest mower I have is a 52". So I used my 48" hydro, which was perfect for the area.

5 yards = 15 feet width
48" x 4 passes = 16 feet width