Organic Lawn Equipment?

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by AllBrad, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sorry man, but this has got to be one of the most ignorant things I have read here lately. :dizzy:

    There is no such thing as a zero foot print lawn or zero foot print landscape. There are a variety of "Eco-friendly" options .... find one that works and run with it. The important thing is you try to do it in a sustainable fashion.
     
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  2. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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  3. AllBrad

    AllBrad LawnSite Member
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    I am not asking if anyone has found a zero foot print solution. I am asking the people reading this organic forum what equipment they use. If I go to the regular residental and commercial mowing section, I will get replies like," I love my hustler 104 inch 57 hp walk behind and what do you mean about alfalfa pellets". I personally use a 19 hp 48" bobcat for a solo operation.
    But I want to know what the guys that are using organics are using. The guys reading this post.
     
  4. magicmike

    magicmike LawnSite Senior Member
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    Organic would mean the type of soil you use, fertilizer, etc.

    So your question is about "eco friendly" equipment so if you want to go to a full "eco friendly" company the only thing i think you would be able to do is get a bunch of batteries installed into your truck and get some electric mowers and other equipment, and charge them in the truck, not sure how long they take to charge and everything, and this will probably cost a pretty penny. Equipment is not ORGANIC.
     
  5. quiet

    quiet LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've always had a silly idea of pulling a gang reel set up behind an electric golf cart . . .
     
  6. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Sheep will mow and fertilize turf, goats will prune and fertilize shrubs. :)
     
  7. gardengreen

    gardengreen LawnSite Member
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    I'm using all propane powered equipment. I have a 48" walk behind with a 17hp kawi running on propane as well as my 22" push ,trimmer and small blower.
     
  8. CHARLES CUE

    CHARLES CUE LawnSite Silver Member
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    Are you asking about mowers? organic mowers no wonder you got smart a## answers [Goats no even cut and no striping ]

    Goats can also be a organic pesticide they pull nimble will out one piece at a time.

    Charles Cue
     
  9. Turboguy

    Turboguy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I am waiting for the day they genetically engineer goats to only eat weeds.
     
  10. gunsnroses

    gunsnroses LawnSite Senior Member
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    I think you would be better off encouraging your customers into getting rid of turf all together or (reducing the amount to be able to push reel), or establishing a different type of grass to be mowed a few times per year. In my opinion turf maintenance (pretty grass) and "organic" is somewhat mixing oil and water. I wonder if and how long it will take for an average maintained pretty lawn to be priced out of existence. To answer your question about the mower.... I am not organic so my answer is invalid, but you did make me think about....what mower gives the best cutting gal per k....or lowest carbon footprint per k? Carbon footprint of an electrical mower would change depending on electric source. Like most questions on this forum, your answers are not exactly what you wanted.
     

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