Blowin dust!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cos, Jul 23, 2001.

  1. cos

    cos LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,253

    Man I was blowin brown grass and dust today. It sure is dry out there.
  2. Scraper

    Scraper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    So in other words...."You were putting down tracks and ripping off your customers." :p
  3. cos

    cos LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,253

    Sure was..... :)
  4. Now is a good time to spread compost to keep the dust down now and in the future.
  5. jeffyr

    jeffyr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876


    Can you explain spreading compost to keep the dust down please ?


  6. What type of soil will retain more water?

    Soil enriched with organic matter or bare clay exposed to the sun?
  7. jeffyr

    jeffyr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    Yes....I understand the theory. I guess what I meant to ask is how would you do it ?
    Do you have a Stone "special" toro driven sulky topdresser ?
    What is the process that you will use in this situation ? I am guessing that you know that they are on a soil with high clay content based on geography.

    No need to shoot me down on this one please, I am just asking you a question.

  8. Scraper

    Scraper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    The clay is so bad in this area that I can't even get a core aerator to penetrate the soil in my backyard unless it has rained for a week and even then it needs to be done immediately because it is underlain by sand and dries out in a day. I have been planning on amending for the past couple years, but as you guys know...the homestead gets less priority than the customers. Kinda like the Cobbler's children...
  9. Equipment is a 1987 toro gear drive traction unit with a 12.5 hp OHV engine with a 1995 44" mowing deck carrier stand on sulky with a old POS
    JRCO spreader with the gate open wide.

    I am replacing chemical fert apps in May and Sept. with compost apps. What I do is get free compost loaded into the back of my c1500HD then when I get to the jobsite I remove the right side greedy board. Then I can easily load the compost right into the spreader using a coal shovel.

    Since I don't have to pay for petro fertilizer I make more money per hour. Plus I am not hitting the turf with high N in prime growing season therefore I can mow faster with reduced clipping issues and extend cutting intervals.

    March/April-apply petro fert w/pre-m

    May-Apply compost

    June- Apply high quaility liquid fert with insecticide, broadleaf herbicide, and pre m.

    Sept. Apply compost

    Nov. Apply petro granular 32-5-7- 25% poly coated
  10. sheppard

    sheppard LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 542

    I remember discussion 3 to 4 months back about the lower southeast- thought the planet had acquired a major climate shift! Now we are getting all the rain we need. Things eventually come around. Hang in there. In Tallahassee it rains like clockwork- everyday at 3 PM.


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