White Gardens

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by White Gardens, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Not much going on. I did get 6 cleanups done the last couple of days and only have a couple left.

    Then I got a handful of other projects to finish before the snow flies.

    I went out to the farmhouse tonight and it looks like I can start grading and moving dirt around without it being muddy. The plan is to have the landscaping done Monday Evening.

    Here is a pic I shot with my phone on the way out to the farmhouse. I knew there was a Lexion floating around and I finally got a pic.

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  2. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
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    grading and moving dirt? with what?
     
  3. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Shovel and a Wheelbarrow. :hammerhead: The old fashion way.....

    In all honesty it shouldn't be too bad. I've got a yard boss tiller head on my trimmer and I just need to loosen the soil in the beds and grade with it. Pretty slick actually. I do final grades with it in lawns and landscaping after everything has been tilled.

    I've talked to my Vermeer rep and I'm extremely close to pulling the trigger on a machine.

    Normal fears and concerns are holding me back though. But in all honesty, if this is the winter to buy a machine I think now is the time to do it. I need a back-up for my plow-truck, and the farmhouse is helping to give me more wiggle room for the winter when it comes to money.
     
  4. Junior M

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    I didnt know, thats why I asked.

    So here is this back: :hammerhead:


    And nice, you ever checked out a trailer thats set up with all the attachments and things on it?
     
  5. nnj18

    nnj18 LawnSite Silver Member
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    good choice on the brick....matches the house very well
     
  6. DLAWNS

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
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    That brick job came out really nice man. :clapping:
     
  7. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    I was hoping to actually purchase a machine, but it's still the old shovel and tiller (hence the :hammerhead:). It came out good though, I don't know how easily the machine would have worked in the beds and it only took me an hour and a half to grade the landscaping beds around the side of the house. The dirt is so nice that even after compaction it tills up easy.

    Thanks guys, Thumbs Up, hopefully I'll have part of the landscaping done tomorrow and it will start to tie in nicely.
     
  8. White Gardens

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    Here is the pics of the final grade. I used these images to make a final design. The HO should be calling me back soon and finalize it. I'll post the pic of the design that she decided to go with later tonight.

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  9. White Gardens

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    So I gave her three different options and this is the one she went for.

    I love my design program. I can whip out a design like this in 30 minutes or so, come up with three different versions, e-mail them and then finalize them over the phone.

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  10. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    I actually have. Even though I'm contemplating a Vermeer, there is a few PowerHouse Pro's out there (Boxer) that have the machine, trailer and a handful of attachments to boot. All excellent prices too. I don't necessarily like the controls of a Boxer, but would be more than sufficient for the majority of work I do, and on top of it I would have the main attachments I need to be productive without having to rent any attachments. At the farmhouse I needed to be as efficient as possible, so the Vermeer fit the bill this time around.

    I think I'm actually going to hold off on the machine. Someone in the family was reading this thread and has offered to help float me a loan next spring for a machine (I've refused 3 times and finally gave int). I have all intentions of setting up a payment plan and paying back monthly like I would for any loan, except I won't have to pay interest.:weightlifter: I'm also not a sponge, and don't like to ask people for help, so this is a pleasant surprise to me.

    The deal with the Vermeer is that I didn't want to lose my rental money as they would put it towards a down payment on a machine. My credit is good so Vermeer would give me a loan. The banks are soooo tight right now on lending that they didn't want to loan me the money to get a different machine.

    The banker kept looking at me during my visit, like my business wasn't going to be around next year. I wanted to tell him to go to H@#$. I've never defaulted on any loan of any sort.

    That's it in a nutshell on the machine front. I need something next year though as I don't want to hire anyone yet. My neighbor is having twins also, so he'll be available part-time to help if needed. He needs to be able to make extra money, and to get out of the house. :laugh:
     

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