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Old 01-18-2014, 02:35 PM
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aeration?

Never done it before. I have a customer that wants it so I'm planning on scheduling a couple more in advance and renting the machine to do them all on one day. Question's: 1 - how do you not run over sprinkler heads? 2- Any tips for first time users?
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Old 01-18-2014, 02:48 PM
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What I do is I have a baby powder container with some cornstarch in it. I put a sprinkle over it to mark it and be careful. No the cornstarch doesn't protect it, but I can see it. Find that it works better than flags that you cannot see if the sun is in your eyes. I try to do around all the sprinklers the first round, then the rest is easy and I just stay away from them. Leave the plugs, they will work their way back into the lawn after a good rain or two.
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Old 01-18-2014, 02:51 PM
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So the only way I know to find the heads is to run the system. Is this what you do before? Run system, mark with powder then aerate?
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Old 01-18-2014, 02:52 PM
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Maybe make some notes/drawings for the following years too?
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Old 01-18-2014, 02:58 PM
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Usually I have the homeowner mark them or tell me where they are. Or mark them down on a diagram when you are there giving the quote. Easier on the machinery if it is well watered the night before!
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Old 01-18-2014, 03:03 PM
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Maybe make some notes/drawings for the following years too?
keep a file..........with drawings and pics!
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Old 01-22-2014, 10:11 AM
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Usually I have the homeowner mark them or tell me where they are. Or mark them down on a diagram when you are there giving the quote. Easier on the machinery if it is well watered the night before!
Agreed. Everything I've read suggests watering the day before anyway to soften up the soil.
As everyone said, mark heads and be careful. I like the cornstarch idea.......
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Old 01-22-2014, 10:48 AM
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Be sure to give a disclaimer about any damage that may occur to things that are not specifically marked. Might be best to have the heads marked by the HO or someone they hire since it seems you may not be familiar with systems. Not only heads but irrigation lines may be shallow, wire for dog fences and other possibilities.
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