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Chris Diamond Gardening and Horticulture Thread

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by Florida Gardener, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. thank you. funny enough, the tree(plumeria) looks like crap right now from cold damage. it dropped all its leaves. it will bounce back though.

    yes, i have a degree in horticulture. still have lots to learn though.
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  2. JContracting

    JContracting LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Im guessing it's around a zone 9 or 10 plant?

    I myself couldn't do this work in FL or any of the southern states, too afraid to encounter poisonous snakes & spiders or fire ants, has that happened at all being as you're down in that area of fl with the pythons?
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  3. yea marginal in zone 9 way better in 10.

    i myself havent dealt with poisonous snakes or spiders. there are a lot of non harmful snakes though.
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  4. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    They are looking fantastic. After a thorough verticut when I first got them in fall I don't think I will need too. The reel with catcher has all but eliminated any thatch. I'm having probs with my McLane. Its gotten to be owing an airplane. Every 10 hours I need to do 1.5 hours working on it to keep everything in line. I might be stepping up to something better this spring. Any suggestions? I know Greendoc was using Toro greens mower.
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  5. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    Zoysia is one of the most abrasive grasses. McLane mowers use very soft steel for bedknives and reels. By comparison, my Greensmaster blades will cause a common shop file to slide. I can file down defects on the reel and bedknife of a McLane or Tru-Cut. On a Greensmaster, that is with a grinder, or with the electric band file, which is running a 1/2"x21" 120 grit belt. The other thing to consider is that little bits of gravel cause the blades of the Greensmaster to spring aside and let them pass. The rigidly locked blades of the other mowers will cause the blades to chip/dent and the reel to bedknife adjustment to be thrown off. Unless I have run my mower on a lawn that was freshly sanded, it goes a good 20 hours before needing a backlap that takes 5 minutes to do.
  6. Aearating another of my new properties.
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  7. Sprinkler Buddy

    Sprinkler Buddy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
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    Awesome photos throughout this thread, Great Work!
  8. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    You doing core or spike aearating? I still avoid it if I can for the aforementioned reasons. Our soil around here is pretty sandy and really doesn't seem to compact. I've seen sprinkler pipe rise too many times.
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  9. Core.

    We have good soil here and compaction is easy. I've seen very little pure or close to it sandy soil here in the 5.5 years I've been in biz. Im recommending to my zoysia clients to do 2 Aearating per year...these are clients who expect perfection.
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  10. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yea, this island community with the Zoysias is a man made one. Dredged up silt from the Tampa Bay channel built in the early 1900s. Crap soil in every sense. I might roll the dice and aerate too with the planned topdressing. These are great accounts. The do what needs to be done and send us the bill types.
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