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Practice Runs!

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by alpine692003, Jan 17, 2004.

  1. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,502

    FRiday was my 1st day of running practice runs on my families lawns. We did approximately 3 lawns and I think we screwed up on all three of them.

    1) The grass was damp, it was a little wet. I dont know if this matters but everytime I tried cutting the grass, there would be brown spots right after. Does this mean the blade is dull?

    2) We never used a grass trimmer, blower, lawn mower before but we all trained on my lawns. I think this is the best way, and on Sunday we are doing 2 more practice runs on the lawns.

    3) We mowed lawns, grass trimmed the edges, blew clippings away.

    4) I tried using the striping kit, but it didn't stripe at all :(
    I just added sand to it and it doesnt' seem heavy enough, I think I have to add some other stuff to add weight to it! Any suggestions? Sand and?
     
  2. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
    from La.
    Posts: 1,878

  3. Hamons

    Hamons LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 706

    IS the grass actively growing in Vancouver righ now? IF it's not growing well and if the lawns aren't thick and lush -- I would not expect them to strip every well.
     
  4. yardsurfer

    yardsurfer LawnSite Member
    from Orlando
    Posts: 80

    1) The grass was damp, it was a little wet. I dont know if this matters but everytime I tried cutting the grass, there would be brown spots right after. Does this mean the blade is dull?



    Is the brown showing up in your tire marks? It could be mud surfacing from the wetness.
     
  5. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,502

    Yard : Thats what it probably was, I would go over the lawn with my mower and it would leave trails of tire marks because of the mower.

    I dont think the grass is growing right now, but I just wanted to get a feel for it.

    Ya, I dont think the grass was thick and lush, but it was cuttable.
    Cuttable to a point that was bringing up mud and what not.

    I think the season is in March'04.

    I filled the roller with sand, but apparently it doesnt seem heavy enough. I think I might be adding some more weight into it! What do you guys suggest?
     
  6. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
    from La.
    Posts: 1,878

    Um.....water.
     
  7. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,502

    water and sand in my roller? I was going to add some steel or metal pellets for added weight. I was going ot home depot to purchase something!
     
  8. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
    from La.
    Posts: 1,878

    That's what is used in lawn rollers for weight. Water.
     
  9. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Posts: 4,900

    I know my local rental yd rents a 5 ft roller and when its filled with water it weighs a LOT. I can pull it with my atv in 4x4 1st gr just don't try to stop fast becouse the weight will push you. I can only use it on large props but when I'm done as flat as a pool table. Rental yds gonna sell it to me becuase no one else ever rents it you cant pull it with a garden trac as its to heavy.


    Mac
     
  10. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,502

    Okay, I will try that and add water then.

    Do you guys add just water or water and sand?

    Sorry for the newbie posts guys, but I appreciate your comments!
     

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