Using A Tractor To Install Mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by danslawncare, Apr 2, 2006.

  1. danslawncare

    danslawncare LawnSite Member
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    Do any of you use a tractor to install mulch? I have a 06 John Deere 3520 I just bought to do installs, and was wondering if I could use it to install mulch? It does not have AG tires. Thanks for your input.
     
  2. Jamesgateslandscaping

    Jamesgateslandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Used my John Deere 445 to do mulch, 27 yards in under 4 hours....that should tell you that it helps with productivity:weightlifter: . Will prob. use the New Holland to do mulch also, depending on property.
    James
     
  3. danslawncare

    danslawncare LawnSite Member
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    My tractor is almost identical to your New Holland.
     
  4. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    I wouldent drive one over a clients lawn to do it..that's for sure!
     
  5. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    yep use 2 differnt ones depending on size of job. And have a special mulch trailor holds 4 yds made to pull behind the quad when the ground is soft.
     
  6. danslawncare

    danslawncare LawnSite Member
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    wouldn't you agree as long as it's not rutting it would be fine. Would you justify it to the customer by saying "if we leave ruts we will fix them, or aerate for free" and always give them a lower price then if it had to be done by hand?
     
  7. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Thats the only part I would agree with in your statement
     
  8. if its a big enough job, we will use the tractor, makes life easier.
     
  9. gammon landscaping

    gammon landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    we did 25 yards saterday we did it in 6 hours but we had to wheelbarrow about 5 yards through a gate for the swimming pool area. main thing is just not run in the same track every time change you path every trip so that you don't damage the turf. it rain for about an hour while we were working and we did no damage at all. it was a small 26hp koiti
     
  10. danslawncare

    danslawncare LawnSite Member
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    Do you inform customers you will be using a tractor? How do you stop them from going nuts when you show up with one? When they see mine, they are like "you plan on taking that huge thing across my lawn?" Again, most of these people have never seen a real tractor.
     

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