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What is your "Dead give-away?"

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by hoskm01, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,157

    Id venture to say that if youre in the south some of those pic you took look like chinch bug damage on St Augustine rather than irrigation issues... which the average HO treats Chinch bug damage as drought stress and waters heavily which inturns causes dollar weed and sedge... and the more they water the larger the spot gets since they have mis diagnosed the problem...
  2. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,156

    I love when a customer calls for a "brown spot".
    One - there are the occasional times that a brown "spot" is a dead spot from dumping the fertilizer spreader.
    Two - the "spot" is a browning or stressed entire lawn, and you know that it is just a matter of adjusting the program. Sprinkler programs should be adjusted every few weeks. The way I program a system in April or May when we start it up, does not work for July and August if there is no rain.
  3. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,156

    Hey Marc - in your sig, you might want to spell "University" correctly. :)
    Landscape Manager, Georgetown Univerity
  4. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,157

    good catch, I must have changed it when I added the Leukemia sig line..

    no one else has caught it...Smarty pants...
  5. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 47,694

    "leave off the last 'S' for savings" :)
  6. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,157

    leave off the last 'S' for SHT
    leave off the last 'S' for STUPID....

  7. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,535

    So, never mind the exposed PVC and pile of rubble... looks like that green fustercluck on the right is an indexing valve...

    From what I hear, makes me think the Melon Patch must be in Florida.

  8. Waterit

    Waterit LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,906

    You're 100% correct, Greg - that is indeed the fabled Fimco Hydroindexing Valve (available at all the big-box stores, right next to that top-notch Orbit equipment).

    I'm guessing that the item to its left is the top of a submersible well. Or it could be (shudder) a control valve off city water...

    Upon further review it is indeed a control valve on city water, with sealtite attached to the solenoid.

    (hangs heads in shame for what passes for irrigation in his state)
  9. Buck_wheat

    Buck_wheat LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 585

    Yep.. just add more water, it'll make it all better. Had a hard time convincing these people it wasn't an irrigation issue, but a bug & fungi problem... (but it's all brown and icky) @ $ 165.00 minimum for the call out, what the hell, I'll reduce the water & tell em a bunch of times to call the LICENSED pesticide applicator.
  10. Buck_wheat

    Buck_wheat LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 585

    Your right, there's 27 of them watering this 7 acre clustercluck... the green ones you buy right next to the Orbit spray heads at the Big Box, the gray ones actually come from Kilpatrick, a supplier of professional irrigation materials.

    Those little bad boys are bread and butter to me... You hate them, but they smell like money to me. Too bad I just won the bid to rip all that $hit out, start from scratch and put in a real irrigation system...:laugh:

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