Hess Lawns 2013

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by ed2hess, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    You mean those spongy ones like you get atsears to stand on....about 3x6' in size?
     
  2. mlc13

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    yes or any parts store,catalogs=Harbor Freight
     
  3. ed2hess

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    Well at last we get some rain.....first significant amounts for this year. Oh forgot we got about an inch of hail acouple weeks ago. The grass is coming around slowly but the weeds are coming big time. It has been a little cool to attack them with anything except speed zone.

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    Our biggest HOA with about 20 flower beds decided to skip winter flowers. Now here are the plants from last year coming back out:dizzy: So I hit them with pill bug bait and liquid fertilize and may need no summer flowers.
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    This is my street project to see if I can get something nice looking in an area with no irrigation. I do haul some water to these when I am getting them started. I am getting a lot of comments by HOA....impressed with what can be done with little water. I dig this stuff where I can find it.

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    This is one of our condo units you can see that we are getting a little green. Across the street the are building this huge big apt complex

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    Keep in mind they started on this in November and last week none of this lumber was up. The concerete was poured and that was it. There is an army working on this. And this is happening all over the north part of the city.

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    Notice the food truck.

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  4. ed2hess

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    Doing grass installs zoysia. We had two trailers hauling it and two crews putting it down
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    I don't know why the phone camera throws in an extra sideways picture for each one made correct:dizzy:

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  5. Chris_NC06

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    How do them 1500 Chevy's do towing that load?
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  6. ed2hess

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    They have an up sized V8 so no problem. That bigger trailer is generally pulled by one of our two diesels. When you get to hauling two pallets of sod or sometimes at third one in the truck bed you need bigger towing.
     
  7. ed2hess

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    Just a few pictures I have took over the past couple weeks.

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    Some of the low water use plants we put in last year
    near the end of the year...sadly for us i have to service the beds
    about twice a month.....fertilize and spray for bugs...

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    Everything needed to service the flower beds

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    This is the grass we put in a couple weeks ago..zoysia really goes
    under the right conditions.

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  8. PlantscapeSolutions

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    The Mexican Feather Grass should be called Mexican Rabbit Grass. It produces lot of seed and tends to be a real pest. The main plants rarely live more then a few years and often look crappy after only a year. I think grubs may really like the root of the grass.

    Those two large growing Plumbago's are going to be a pest as they are going to want to grow out into the street and onto the sidewalk very quickly. It looks like you have Bicolor Sage which will be more well behaved and will actually spread.

    Are the roses Knock Outs and what are you having bug issues with? If you look at the Yaupon Holly, Live Oak, Cedar Elm tree trunk you don't see any root flare at the bottoms. I'd be willing to bet the beds or mulch has been built up around the trunks which will cause fungal infections. I was just talking with another company about the same problem in the Tanglewood area.
     
  9. ed2hess

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    Well that is why I said that I visit the site twice a month. I spray the knockouts for some type of pest as well as lantana. I intend to keep all of this stuff trimmed back. We don't put these beds in on properties we don't maintain. All of this is stuff I know I can keep blooming. Around those trees are a ring o mulch that we didn't remove when we planted. We added about 4" of good soil with addatives before planting.
     
  10. PlantscapeSolutions

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    All the various types of broadleaf Lantana's are prone to mite like insect. For years I thought it was just spider mites but apparently it's some of small sucking insect. I forgot what the growers call it but it can be a problem in greenhouses. Verbena is also insect prone especially it it gets over grown.

    The roses are probably not happy about the shade. If those are Knock Outs they are very durable. Most other roses are high maintenance.

    "Good Soil" should be organic in nature and not amended loam. I know you guys are doing work on tight margins for those HOA's and your probably doing more then anyone else would be willing to do.

    Another issue adding soil can cause is it can create an oxygen cap for the tree roots. This is especially true if the soil added contains any loam since the fine clay particles really hinder the transfer of oxygen in the soil. What can happen is the tree roots start to grow straight up and you start getting lots of tree suckers popping up in the beds. Suckers can also be a problem when tree's are starting to root girdle which is another huge problem.
     

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