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How big an area is your "shop"?

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by DeepGreenLawn, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
    Messages: 2,636

    lol my method only has to answer to me... Last I checked I wasn't accountable to anyone here on lawnsite. :)
  2. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 6,114

    So the jury is implying I need to be accountable to someone other than my wife. I'm with you on this one. I am more concerned with the PSYCHO Psychiatrist who lives next door. Maybe if I get rid of the boat and park the one ton truck on the street I would have enough room to process a little material................. Na, I guess a couple little piles for personal consumption is going to be it.
  3. DeepGreenLawn

    DeepGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,372

    Starting small and then going big sounds like a smart idea...
  4. pt03

    pt03 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

  5. Daner

    Daner LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,307

    Hi Deep...I have a horse farm with 2 big buildings, But I would never do any composting In the buildings. A chipper would be good for me too...but not worth the costs...most branch's from trees, etc just get put out In the bush on this farm.
    On another note... I don't use shavings I have tons of doo doo...but I'm always low on carbon.
    I do add some wood shavings,but I'm very careful that No cedar , walnut Plywood or mdf Is mixed In there. I get straw for free...so that also goes In the pile...I want to see heat...cold piles are not good......As far as flipping the pile...The skid steer sometimes wont have the reach...I like the BiG JD With a stone fork ,not a bucket...you can dig In there better with the fork...and see what your doing.

    Happy Summer to yaa and the best of luck this year.

  6. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    Nor should you be. I merely pointing out that you should consider the combined experience of the posters on this forum and what you might gain from that.
  7. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,911

    deep Lloyd has the idea, start off with an idea of how much compost you will need and go from there. at present my main compost plant is over 10K under roof. but I have done it in every thing from indoors to on the farm. and every where in the middle. I am at present working on a 28,000 yard compost facility (ASP)
  8. DeepGreenLawn

    DeepGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,372

    Yep, that is about what I would like to have to start off with. Nothing huge, any extras maybe sell or give away to people to use in their gardens. I am sure it will take me a little while to get the process down. Definitely want to pay you a visit and attend one of your classes first tree.

    Oh, and I wouldn't be "borrowing" the loader/chipper, I would most definitely "rent" it sort-o-speak from the farm just as I would rent the land. I would probably have it built into the rent... that and use their shavings/manure... most farms from what I have seen would love to just get rid of that stuff a lot of the times...
  9. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,911

    oh dude, we get paid to get the manure!!! paid to compost on site!!! and paid to load said manure, with there equipment!!!! if i have to bring my loader or excavator or tractor it gets billed @ 75$ per hour 4 hour min!!!!! dumpsters cost 275$ to drop and YOU load. over 20 days its another 60$ per 20 days.

    tip fees at indian town are 32 $ per ton. yes we have a scale. down south at the other place we are working with its 8$ per yard to drop. the big guys we are setting up do it by the truck load. what part of paid dont you get?????????????

    oh and we also get a contract to state that we are exclusive for X time frame
  10. DeepGreenLawn

    DeepGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,372

    really! I will have to look into this... more...

    I know some of these guys are hurting for space... I need to get the process down first and then I will start selling to farms nearby...

    I do know they hate the stuff sitting around even if they do have room...

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