Moving to daytona?

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by lawnsunlimited6, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. lawnsunlimited6

    lawnsunlimited6 LawnSite Member
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    wanting to move my family and lawn business to daytona area in the future. is this abad idea? were from kentucky we love it there. just scared to start over and lose 15yrs of customers! we install irrigation mow landscape.not wanting to get in the chemical applications to much cost and liability!need some feedback thanks
     
  2. PROPERTYLAWNSERVICELLC

    PROPERTYLAWNSERVICELLC LawnSite Gold Member
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    Florida has more lawn mowers than grass so you might need to find a niche or demand before you jump,but there is still a ton a of people going out and making it happen.
     
  3. lawnsunlimited6

    lawnsunlimited6 LawnSite Member
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    what about irrigation install and repairs have vibrator plow and boring attachments thanks
     
  4. zturncutter

    zturncutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Are you using poly with the vibratory plow ?
     
  5. lawnsunlimited6

    lawnsunlimited6 LawnSite Member
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    pvcand poly
     
  6. zturncutter

    zturncutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Most systems are trenched and pvc installed, don't know why you could not use a plow though if you wanted to. You can run a stick of PVC with a hose attached through our sand pretty easy, alot of times thats all you need to bore.
     
  7. lawnsunlimited6

    lawnsunlimited6 LawnSite Member
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    i was wondering how you guys lay pipe .is that a 10ft er or 20ftstick?
     
  8. zturncutter

    zturncutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    20 Footer.
     
  9. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    Lawnsun

    Irrigation licenses are done County to County and each county has a different requirement to sit for the for the test which is given by a outside contractor for the state. With a license from your present state and 3 years Experience you should qualify in most counties to sit for the Irrigation Test. BTW Sarasota County requires 4 years while most other require only 3 years experience. Once you pass the Test and are licensed in one county, other counties will except your Money for there county license

    The State Block test is given by Experier Corp (mis-spelled). The Irrigation part of the test is pretty simple. But the Contractor Law proportion is a real bear. Fact is the Contractor Law is the only test I ever failed and had to retake.

    Given you can get a Irrigation license, I feel you can do OK. Construction work is way down but Repair work has always been better pay.

    One of the big problems in my county is the greed of low balling Irrigation contractors. $ 1100 city water hook ups end up being 3 zone gear drives that water the street better than the lawn. After the lawn burns up, I would sell both a Irrigation 7 zone install and a resod job.

    One nice thing about Irrigation is the Summer Rainy Season if you don't like super hot weather. Summer will be your slow season because it is the Rainy season, but the rest of the year should be great.
     
  10. lawnsunlimited6

    lawnsunlimited6 LawnSite Member
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    thanks for the info. low ballers are getting the work here also but not all bad because they die out then we get to repair and re-design
     

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