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Old 07-24-2014, 10:24 PM
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Wanna talk "properly secured"?

In Wilkinsburg today I saw a eight or ten foot trailer JAM PACKED with gear.
They had some sort of ZTR on there and there was a push mower sitting ON TOP of the front of the ZTR.

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Old 07-24-2014, 10:31 PM
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Some sycamore trees shed bark more easily than others. I had a customer a few years ago -- terrible bark problem. I have one now with a large sycamore, ... nothing to fall.

As fair warning, sycamore trees will drop small branches regularly, ones that are 2-4 feet long, an inch or so in diameter. These branches at hard as stone. They do not break easily, and create a real ruckus if hit by the mower. I have to do "stick pick up" nearly every week to rid the mowing area of them.
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Old 07-24-2014, 10:57 PM
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Some sycamore trees shed bark more easily than others. I had a customer a few years ago -- terrible bark problem. I have one now with a large sycamore, ... nothing to fall.

As fair warning, sycamore trees will drop small branches regularly, ones that are 2-4 feet long, an inch or so in diameter. These branches at hard as stone. They do not break easily, and create a real ruckus if hit by the mower. I have to do "stick pick up" nearly every week to rid the mowing area of them.
Thanks for the input.

Fortunately, the property is very small (Edgewood), and consists of three "islands" of grass, so it will be more of an annoyance than anything, but I was shocked to see the amount of debris all over after only one week. (today was the second cut)

I noted my total time last week, but first cuts always take longer.
Today I noted start and finish time (with 21") AND totals for...
(a) blowing debris from drive, walk, deck into lawn to be mulched - 5 minutes
(b) mow - 15 minutes
(c) trim - 5 minutes
(d) blow - 2 minutes
I figure if I need to bag due to excessive bark/leaves, or picking up branches add maybe 5 minutes.

I guess five minutes isn't all that bad for the pre-mow cleanup. I can live with that - it's just annoying. At least the client is cool and will pay whatever I'm asking. Not that I'm looking to milk it or screw him over - I'm just fortunate that he isn't the type to quibble over a few dollars if I need to tweak his price to accommodate extra time due to the damned trees.

I have another property in Monroeville that's good sized and there are sticks on the ground there ALL the time and it's a huge pain in my backside due to the size of the area that needs policed before mowing.
That and a multitude of other reasons are why I'm letting them go next season.
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