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verti-cutting sa / lawn solutions

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by fl-landscapes, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,542

    Hey guys. Did some verti-cutting on a couple sa lawns today and just figured I would post some pics. Surprised more people dont do it. This is a very beneficial service for my customers lawns and a profitable add on to my business. And a quick 2 pics of my boxer and rotodairon removing a cruddy lawn, one pass. I still had some light raking to do to finish pic 2 but you get the idea. you can see how bad the lawn looked in rotodairon pic 1 and how good it is tilled prepped in one pass. (at least i think so)

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  2. zturncutter

    zturncutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,308

    Damn, the rotodairon beats the hell out of using a sod cutter, how do you get the level of the new sod to match with the old ? or do you use it only when removing the majority of the lawn.
     
  3. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,542

    you got it Z. If we are doing patch work (like a job ric subbed to me last week) we sod cut and patch. If we are removing the majority for sod or seeding bermuda we use the rotodairon. very good observation!:clapping:
     
  4. williams lcm

    williams lcm LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What do you do about irrigation systems? You dont want to damage sprinkler heads. It looks good.
     
  5. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,637

    Still thinking that boxer is a great investment.
     
  6. zturncutter

    zturncutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,308

    You fire up the system and flag the heads, and the manifold or the individual valve boxes.
     
  7. zturncutter

    zturncutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,308

    Always call 811 as well, free service to locate telephone, tv and electric. Even though you will not go that deep with a sod install many times the telephone is only an inch or two deep.
     
  8. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,542

    Yup, pretty basic. Find heads and valve boxes and flag. We till down 6 - 8 Inches. Irrigation pipes should be below that. I tell the customer I am not responsible for pipes hit that are improperly buried too shallow. It doesnt happen very often. Yes Mike the boxer is a great machine and I have no regrets buying it. Took down a couple huge trees today and that little machine sure saves me a lot in labor and sweat. From tree work to lawn renovations and installs with the auger, up to 36" this machine is a WORK HORSE!
     
  9. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,542

    I always call. I have an account set up. The only problems we run into with the rotodairon is the cable companies bury their lines WAY TO SHALLOW. They come out pretty quick and repair for free so its not a big deal. Augering without calling 811 and using the free service is nuts in my book.
     
  10. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Ark
    Posts: 3,329

    Didn't think you were supposed to verti-cut SA? Have you done this before? If so, did it seem to help the grass?
     

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