notification flags pros and cons wire staff

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by ant, Dec 10, 2010.

  1. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,466

    its time to re order flags. what are the pros and cons of a wire staff verse. plastic staff? not much difference in price but the metal sure does go into the soil nice this time of the year.. the steal seems to rust up quick if the get damp..
  2. indyturf

    indyturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indy
    Messages: 1,901

    we can only use plastic in Indiana....
  3. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
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  4. Leaf Jockey

    Leaf Jockey LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 376

    I've seen lazy lawn mowers try to get close to wire flags and either shoot them dangerously out the chute or cut them, leaving part sticking out of the ground. I've also seen wire flags poking out of sidewalls of tires.

  5. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,466

    Very good points. Could you imagine someone stepping onto a cut staff sticking up 2" ?
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  6. indyturf

    indyturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indy
    Messages: 1,901

    I would say those are some of the reasons. plastic are safer
  7. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,265

    Either are legal here, and wire are cheaper so I go with those. Honestly, the things are really a formality only, required by law. So why not save $$ where you can save and spend somewhere else. I highly doubt anyone is going to walk up to my flag and call me, even though my contact info is on there. So, I treat the flags as formality only.
    If you want to try to advertise with them, good luck, but you will want better looking flags.
  8. ted putnam

    ted putnam LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,695

    Ihave been using plastic sticks. white, with safety green flag. I use the 4x5 size because they "fly" much easier in the breeze making my phone number more visible from cars passing by. I've seen huge flags that just hang there no matter how much breeze. Impossible to read. I can't tell you how much business I've gotten from people walking or driving by, noticing how great the lawn looked and taking my phone number down to call. It is the best money I've ever spent to get new business. Do not underestimate the power of a well placed marking flag in an awesome looking lawn. JMO
  9. Service 1st Lawn Care

    Service 1st Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 643

    Wrong DA our town is a town of a lot of walkers, and believe me they read the posting signs. I have gotten many new customers this way of coarse the lawns look great also.
  10. rnd

    rnd LawnSite Member
    Messages: 248

    Visit our website at to see different uses for the lawn signs. The posting signs are used more for advertising because it is a very cost effective tool. Some states are very strict about posting requirements and what they can be printed on, most states want the wording on a rigid surface to be very readable by homeowner.

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