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Old 07-06-2012, 05:21 PM
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Old 07-06-2012, 05:27 PM
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I do a little bit of everything...I cannot sit in a chair all day. I am the IT guy office guy, crew and mechanic.
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I am Head Gopher in many cases. I sit more than I should but I am in the field and get my nails dirty.
Frankly, I have to have billable time to pay my bills, not big enough to sit behind the desk.

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I know for a fact that in ate neighborhood I am thinking about doing this in that if you estimated te lawn as one single account they would go for $35-$55 rotary mowing...the same good also has very many reel mowing houses...at likely double this rate. So if you could market the entire community at $35-$45 per lawn(rotary only), no driving or minimal at worst you could do well...this particular community has thousands of homes.
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Again, many of our lawns are 6500 to 7500 total lot size and we are lucky to break $30 on them rotory. Most people wanting Reel mowing, have Reels and we just do other things. Lawns in Texas do suffer, watering restrictions and such so few lush green lawn types it seems. Nice but not lush.



MY HOA has over 2K houses, we have plenty of houses close by.



Since I have WC and GL and pay my guys just above what the DOL says is average, with Holiday, sic time and vacation. My margins are not the best either but I make money.

Not to hijack the thread but it has played out pretty well.
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Old 07-06-2012, 05:29 PM
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This looks to be a sized typical lawn in my area.

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Old 07-06-2012, 05:35 PM
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I am Head Gopher in many cases. I sit more than I should but I am in the field and get my nails dirty.
Frankly, I have to have billable time to pay my bills, not big enough to sit behind the desk.



Again, many of our lawns are 6500 to 7500 total lot size and we are lucky to break $30 on them rotory. Most people wanting Reel mowing, have Reels and we just do other things. Lawns in Texas do suffer, watering restrictions and such so few lush green lawn types it seems. Nice but not lush.



MY HOA has over 2K houses, we have plenty of houses close by.



Since I have WC and GL and pay my guys just above what the DOL says is average, with Holiday, sic time and vacation. My margins are not the best either but I make money.

Not to hijack the thread but it has played out pretty well.
Hell...we are gonna build a house for a customer this fall. My partner has contractors licenses and has built many houses and developments...we will do anything for money. This past winter we finished a basement for a customer.
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Old 07-06-2012, 05:37 PM
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Lots of info on this thread that was dead a few weeks ago... But I am loving the info I get from you guys. I'm not sure if I am going to be able to do a leveling project this year, wife is a little upset with the amoun of money I have been pouring in to the yard. I think I want to aerate though. Is there a specific time of the year you should aerate Bermuda in south GA?
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Old 07-06-2012, 05:48 PM
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Lots of info on this thread that was dead a few weeks ago... But I am loving the info I get from you guys. I'm not sure if I am going to be able to do a leveling project this year, wife is a little upset with the amount of money I have been pouring in to the yard. I think I want to aerate though. Is there a specific time of the year you should aerate Bermuda in south GA?
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Glad we could help

My personal opinion on aeration is pre-spring but that has more to do with time management. In your case it has to do with how healthy is the lawn growing. Any time when it can recover and grow roots.

Regardless of what these GA guys tell you, run a soil test and amend with compost is less than 2% and do not add if more than 5% organic matter.

Pre-em is often needed after aeration cause weeds love disturbed soil.
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Old 07-06-2012, 05:50 PM
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Hell...we are gonna build a house for a customer this fall. My partner has contractors licenses and has built many houses and developments...we will do anything for money. This past winter we finished a basement for a customer.
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If you can, then do it.

I know a rather large builder around here that was a lawn sprinkler guy at one time.
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Old 07-06-2012, 06:09 PM
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A few reasons why I want to level. I know its very bumpy under the grass because the builder did a piss poor job of grading/leveling. Here are some photos of what it looks like. I myself did not do the best job laying the sod where my irrigation guy left me trenches. I thought it was level everywhere with the existing lawn and my mower has told me different. trying to upload pics but lawnsite is not cooperating.
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Old 07-06-2012, 06:14 PM
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A few reasons why I want to level. I know its very bumpy under the grass because the builder did a piss poor job of grading/leveling. Here are some photos of what it looks like. I myself did not do the best job laying the sod where my irrigation guy left me trenches. I thought it was level everywhere with the existing lawn and my mower has told me different. trying to upload pics but lawnsite is not cooperating.
Sod and irrigation installs are not going to give a level lawn.

fact of life but it can be workable with a rotory mower.

Builders often do not pick up construction debris, they cover it with construction sand and then throw sod on it. This debris will either rot and sink or push up to the top. Even years later.

How old is the yard? You may want to let it settle a year or two. Hand level the really bad spots in the mean time.

I would be more concerned with soil test first. These soils need pH adjustments.
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Old 07-06-2012, 06:25 PM
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I had a soil test in march. Had a really low PH of 4.9 I put down 40lbs of lime per 1k per sqft. going to get another test in late September. test recommended 140lbs per 1k sqft

I own a reel, 20 inch McClane. I have used it once on a portion of my lawn, It looked ok but it killed the high spots. It has been put to the back of my garage for now.

Sod was laid Dec 15th 2011 with new construction. sprinklers installed apirl 25th 2012. Sod laid in sprinkler trenches June 1st 2012.
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