Efficient workflow for this site

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by commonarea, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. commonarea

    commonarea LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Looking for help from you guys that have some expertice in efficient commercial mowing workflow.

    This is a unique site in that we are required to bag everything and the largest equipment allowed within 75' of the building is a 21" Hi Vac. The facility director is adamant about crisp edges (no string edging).

    Going to be hitting this site with 21" Hi Vac's, 48" Walker MT's and hand equipment.

    My question is with a 3 man crew, how would you organize the workflow from start to finish in order to optimize efficiency of movement? Where would you stage? Direction of movement for each operation. Suggestions on handling clippings - bulk bags, tarps, return to trailer, etc?

    Keep in mind we are required to vac up all of the debris from edging. Edge Blow Mow Blow???

    Thanks in advance!

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  2. Joel B.

    Joel B. LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 458

    That place looks like a major PITA to mow, 21s, bagging everything and all those little grass islandsÂ…..I hope you are charging a lot!
  3. SDLandscapes VT

    SDLandscapes VT LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 581

    need more info

    where do you enter with your truck--what direction are you coming from
    are you working more than one truck on this account
    is the parking lot empty when you perform the work--what is the facility a church, school, plant, office, headquarters etc
    what is the scale on the image

    pm me with details
  4. Agape

    Agape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,644

    yeah, charge a lot!
    can't believe the guy has such high standards on a place that looks like absolute crap from up in the the sky.
  5. h2oskier

    h2oskier LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 601

    Id have to agree sharp edges with dead spots all over doesn't work to well, like the saying goes you can put lipstick on a pig but it's still a pig.
  6. commonarea

    commonarea LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Thanks for looking at it.

    The grass condition is much improved since Google snapped this shot. The facility is less than 3 years old and this photo was taken shortly after constuction was complete. I did alright on pricing, I know the incumbent and what he was putting into it.

    This is a hospital on a little under 30 acres.

    "That place looks like a major PITA to mow, 21s, bagging everything and all those little grass islandsÂ…..I hope you are charging a lot!"

    If it were a piece of cake, I wouldn't be looking for input but due to the amount of hand work, efficiency of motion is going to be a big deal.

    The main entrance is at the bottom of the photograph. We have about an hour in the morning without cars, and as much we need in the evening.

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  7. Forever Green Landscaping

    Forever Green Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 138

    Depends on the size of the crew. I would either get there as early as possible to start and use that hour. Get atleast all the edge and trim work done around the building and the high traffic areas. Come back and push mow everything within the 75' area. Send one guy with a push mower to the left islands to hit and another to right islands. Have them carry large trash bags and fill them up and leave them on the islands to pick up when leaving. Have another person(s) start mowing with the Walker's. Lay out a tarp on either side of the lot for the Walker's to be able to dump on or find an area to dump it and pick up when you leave. When the guys on the push mowers get done they start trimming and edging everything. Once anyone is done with their task they can start picking up the grass clippings and/or start blowing off. -OR- I would make it my last stop depending on how long you think it is going to take and work it backwards from what I just said. If you get it I would go there in the morning vs. the evening and see how bad the foot traffic is and where would be the best places to park
  8. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    It would take 1 guy the better part of a day just to stick edge all that concrete. I would think 6 guys would take 1/2 a day with all the small stuff that would need to be done. It's going to take a few trucks to haul off all the clippings. I'd have 4 21's going and 2 Walkers. As soon as any 1 guy gets finished, they start edging until at least 3 guys stick edging. The others can be driving around and picking up the clippings and blowing off the walks.
  9. SDLandscapes VT

    SDLandscapes VT LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 581

    I would split it up and use six guys but in two crews--perhaps even as few as four guys and I would definitely use a single piece flow approach--you cannot afford to keep revisiting an area of turf to perform a discreet task and to touch clipping multiple times would be very time consuming I would need to talk through this to you to describe what I m referring to. I used to have a college campus with many of the same constraints.

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