Glass removal from a lawn

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by alowery14, Jan 11, 2007.

  1. alowery14

    alowery14 LawnSite Member
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    Can anyone give me insight on the best and economical way to get glass out of a lawn. I have a client who had a druck driver crash in their yard. Some of the glass is really embedded. I assumed that a lawn vac would work but I was told that it probably wouldn't. The guy told me to use a dethatcher. What is the best method?
     
  2. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
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    Shop Vac... You will get weird looks from people driving by as you vacuum the lawn though! Maybe use a small rake or something as you go to loosten up the pieces. I guess if it's not a huge area this will work...
     
  3. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
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    Yup. I've used a shop before also.
     
  4. Accu-cut Lawn Care

    Accu-cut Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Just mow over it dude. If you have a good mower with a mulch kit, you'll turn that glass into sand.
     
  5. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
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    Or it'll stick in your tires & could cause some down time.
     
  6. Accu-cut Lawn Care

    Accu-cut Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I got 1100 hours out of a set of back tires on my 2352 without ever having puncture issues. 80% of my accounts are high traffic commercial. Glass will not penetrate a mower tire.
     
  7. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
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    I've pulled chunks of glass out of the tread. I haven't had it puncture it yet (knock on wood), but if they want it cleaned up, why argue.
     
  8. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
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    if the glass is over a wide spread area I would pick out the big chunks and consider spreading a couple inches of topsoil then seed it. you'll never get 100% of the glass out no matter what you do.
     
  9. alowery14

    alowery14 LawnSite Member
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    I will try the shop vac! It's not too large of an area. I appreciate everyones input and advice. Thanks!
     
  10. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
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    wait til the yard is moist and soft enouph to roll and roll it with a heavy roller that should imbed it down so it won't cause any problems. Any other way will take many hours if not day's to do and you still won't get it all.
     

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