In Between Mows again

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Green-Pro, Jun 21, 2005.

  1. Green-Pro

    Green-Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Hey all, its been dry, dry,dry here, not much mowing but that gives me time to do some jobs that needed to be done. This one I started the lady needs done by July 9th. Edge beds & trees, mulch all with twice ground hardwood, trim some shrubs and ornamental miniature trees, plant some perennials, and weed.

    Weeding I can't stand but this is not bad the weeds mostly come out with the edging, other than that maybe one five gallon bucket full of weeds, I can stand that.

    Anyway hope you all are getting some rain and if you are please send some this way :waving:

    Let me know what you think of the edges so far, this is only what i got done in about an hour today, couple more on new thread following this one.

    -Geoff

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  2. TURF DOCTOR

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
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    Dry here, 2 residential called today and said skip this week.
     
  3. Lawn Sharks

    Lawn Sharks LawnSite Senior Member
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    You do some nice work. Very professional. Are you just using a straight edge shovel?

    I have a neighbor that has beds she has let the grass into and it is a nightmare. Centipede thicker than you can imagine. She wants it done and I can imagine sitting for hours trying to rip this stuff up. Ugh!
     
  4. Green-Pro

    Green-Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Keth,

    Thanks, I use an Echo PAS-260 with an edger attachment. So far all I've been asked to do is put a new edge on an existing bed. I follow the contour of the bed with the edger, then follow that with a spade to "pop" loose the grass/weeds or any material that does not belong. Most of our turf is KBG or annual Rye, the Rye can be a bit tough, the dry ground definitely does not help.

    The new beds I've put in have stone borders, if not for the stone borders I would essentially use the same method on a new bed.

    -Geoff
     
  5. Lawn Sharks

    Lawn Sharks LawnSite Senior Member
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    Good stuff. Came out looking real nice. I will have to figure out what to do about the beds I am going to deal with at some point. I don't think I can "pop" it out after using the edger. This Centipede is in a area that gets roof runoff and hence plenty of water so the roots are REAL deep and thick. If I use a spade to pull it out I think I will be pulling about 6 inches of soil as well. Might have to do that and bring in a yard or two of topsoil. Ugh.

    Best of luck.
     
  6. hesscapes

    hesscapes LawnSite Member
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    very nice!!
    Good Job :)
    Still doing a rain dance!!
     
  7. Green-Pro

    Green-Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Rain dancing here also, thanks for the attaboy. I have a couple of residential properties that I haven't been on for nearly two weeks!! Somethings got to give, driest dang June we've had in a long time, heckuva year to start this as my full time occupation eh? :p

    -Geoff
     
  8. Mark McC

    Mark McC LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Why not rent a bed edger?
     
  9. Green-Pro

    Green-Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I do enough bed edging to keep busy and make money at it, but maybe not enough to justify rental cost. That is to say I can do about 150' in about an hour with stick edger as far as renovating beds, now I am aware a bed edger would speed things up, but given my druthers I'd druther buy one and always have it then to rent. I figure as long as I can get by this way for this year, possibly next, I can look at purchasing one towards the end of next year. So far this year I've spent a good deal of money in start up in regards to equipment, and other business related fees, guess I just want to really focus on keeping solvent and doing well this year, so far so good :).

    Do you own/rent one? if so what kind? Bed edger and perma-green ultra ride on are on my short list payup hope our year continues to get better.

    -Geoff
     
  10. Mark McC

    Mark McC LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Hey Geoff,

    I haven't used one yet, rental or otherwise, but will do so shortly. If you want to PM me about it, I'll let you know how it worked, but do a search with "bed edger" and you should see plenty of feedback.
     

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