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Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by mikey, Jan 21, 2002.

  1. mikey

    mikey LawnSite Member
    Messages: 81

    when u aerate..what do u normally do u go to the rental store
    and rent the machine.then bring it to the customers house
    then what i never used a machine like that b4...do u just let it go
    and walk behind it?what do u do with the little pieces of dirt that pop out?

    go pats
  2. SCL

    SCL LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 543

    Line up as many as you can do in a day (or all you have) and then get youtr machine. All I have ever used are self propelled. Use it like a spreader , go back and forth then side to side. You can rake up the plugs if youwant to or have to, but I like to leave them as they do contain nutrients that will feed back into the soil. They also disappear after a couple mowings.
  3. HBFOXJr

    HBFOXJr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,712

    Your full of questions. Why don't you quickly see if if one or some of the universities in your state are offering any courses on landscape contracting, turf care, turf maintenance etc. You could make a lot of professional progress real fast.
  4. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 1,006

    How do you guys get around all the sprinkler heads?
  5. ohiolawnguy

    ohiolawnguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    some yards we mark them with flags. some yards we just look for them while we areate. basically depends on the size of the actual sprinkler head. if they are large heads, just avoid them, and if they are smaller heads mark them.

    We have hit heads on more than one occasion, and now we just keep a small supply of different types of sprinkler heads and replace them. They arent that expensive to replace, but its always better when they dont get hit at all.
  6. parkwest

    parkwest LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 678

    Suggest you read "How to turn hard ground into cold cash"
  7. Planter

    Planter LawnSite Member
    from Utah
    Messages: 214

    Actually the spray heads are hard to hit and usually you don't damage them. I carry a few with me and replace any I break. If you hit the nozzle, they break easily, so having nozzles is important. Rotors are a different matter. Here the MaxiPaw is very popular and they are easy to hit and usually buried in the early spring, before the secondary is on, when we aerate. If you run over one the top is so big, the lid is thin and they break easily. I have my kids flag them with the owner while I set up and they flag ahead of me. If we hit one I spin out the insert and replace it.
  8. Atlantic Lawn

    Atlantic Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Outer Banks NC
    Messages: 949

    We Always flag the property first.Better yet get the prop owner to do it,I'd rather spend 5-10 mins flaggin' than 5-10 mins repairing a head.Mikey, try doin your own lawn or your mother in laws first.Don't worry about the plugs and don't make more than two passes on the lawn.

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