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Marking irrigation before aeration?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by rootytalbot, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. rootytalbot

    rootytalbot LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 273

    What are some good ways to mark the heads before aerating? What if the client is not home and you are not familiar with the property?

    What other stuff should I worry about before aerating?

    Thanks. Rooty
  2. Sprinkler Buddy

    Sprinkler Buddy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,187

    Have the homeowner flag them or give you access to the controller and flag them yourself. Even if your somewhat familiar with a yard, you'll still want to mark them before hand.

    Some folks have invisible fencing for their pets, might want to ask about that.
  3. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,770

    Open the valve box and turn them on manually
  4. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,094

    Use flags on little metal rods...home depot has them. But if you're doing it make sure you charge for it. I have my customers mark them prior to us showing up.
  5. LawnGuy110

    LawnGuy110 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,097

    We require all our clients to flag their sprinkler heads before we aereate
  6. mikesturf

    mikesturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 795

    Always have customer mark heads.

    Like other poster said, underground invisible pet fences.

    Watch out when you make your turns not to hit the neighbor's underground sprinkler heads.

    Around utility boxes/cable TV boxes watch for poorly dug wires leading to the house.

    Exposed or shallow tree roots will destroy your tines and you running the roots over will harm the roots.

    Bring a leaf blower to blow the cores off the driveway/sidewalk.

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