Maine

Discussion in 'Network: North' started by jonesy5149, Feb 19, 2011.

  1. Plowguy43

    Plowguy43 LawnSite Member
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    You must've seen my lawn recently? LOL, already burning out and we water it often.
     
  2. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
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    We have a few that are on fert/ irrigation programs and are all burned, kind of discouraging.
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  3. Plowguy43

    Plowguy43 LawnSite Member
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    That stinks, I've had to start letting it grow a bit longer and mow at a higher height as well.
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  4. allagashpm

    allagashpm LawnSite Senior Member
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    I had one today ask for eow. I have been cutting higher but we got almost 2.5 inches of rain not even two weeks ago my lawns you couldn't even tell. I have one I cut at 4.5 inches and even that one is in bad shape. I guess I've been using less fuel but hopefully it isn't a sign for things to come this summer.
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  5. McFarland_Lawn_Care

    McFarland_Lawn_Care LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Ya I know what you mean, the bluegrass is really hurting. We try to cut as high as the customer can stand it all season long, so they aren't as bad as most of our competitions lawns. Any reseeding we do, we almost always use some variety of TTTF now - it's much more drought tolerant. On the flip side, all the nice weather is helping us get a lot of other jobs done...=D
     
  6. thelawnduke

    thelawnduke LawnSite Member
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    Is anyone else offering top dressing with compost? I was able to sell 5 customers early this spring and their lawns are out growing everyone else. If the weather gets as hot and dry as the almanac predicts more customers may be open to it. It really seams to help with water retention. Even with a hand spreader the profit margins are quite high and I suspect would increase with a more developed system.
     
  7. McFarland_Lawn_Care

    McFarland_Lawn_Care LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'd love to, but we don't have product available. Could you pm me info on the compost material? The local company sells it at $93/yd (NO KIDDING) and all it is is clumps of topsoil, mulch and leaves/sticks etc. Good for gardening but you can forget about spreading it!!! What grass species are you topdressing? How many sq ft per yd of compost? how are you topdressing - what type of equipment?
     
  8. thelawnduke

    thelawnduke LawnSite Member
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    Ummm WOW! to $93 per yard! MB compost and Benson Farm surf and turf. I get mine from a local nursery at less than a third of that price The MB (im told) is a product from a waste treatment facility and spreads like a dream even with a push spreader. The Benson Farm is a bit thicker and is consists of lobster shells, farm waste and bulk food waste. Price is a tad more. A bulk purchase of both is on the agenda for next year as I know the nursery is still making an pretty penny. 2-3 Yards will give a good skim coat to half an acre. From the results ive seen a skim coat is all that is needed. As far as grass types they have all responded well thus far. The push spreader I have used belongs to the nursery and they rent It for 15 per day ( if they charge), I think its about $400 for a new unit. Honestly I'm starting to wonder if anyone else is doing this. It seems like a cash cow but I wonder if Im missing something
     
  9. McFarland_Lawn_Care

    McFarland_Lawn_Care LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thank you sir. Very good info and right to the point. . I'd love to try it out. ..... I'll look around for a good source for next season. So glad you found a niche that is giving great results and making you and your clients happy.
     
  10. McFarland_Lawn_Care

    McFarland_Lawn_Care LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Hey, so do you think the compost is screened fine enough to be spread with a permagreen? It's a ride on spreader/sprayer for fertilizer and weed control mostly. I can do a big lawn fairly quickly - the only hard part would be loading. AHH, I got it, - get a dump insert that has one of the small "wheelbarrow" chute openings - you could take the pg right over, fill it up in a jiffy and get back at it. Neat idea. Love to try some on my own lawn first to see the results. =D
     

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