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Pompus Grass Removal

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by rbrehm, Mar 1, 2006.

  1. rbrehm

    rbrehm LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Hey ya'll.

    I have a customer that is requesting to have a few LARGE pompas grass's removed. Can anyone advise me on how much I should charge for this, and any tips on removal?

    Thanks so much.
  2. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    get a chain, wrap chain around the grass, hook other end of chain to truck and start pulling....:) its about the easiest way, unless you get a small mini excavator. if you hand dig, you could always replant/resell.

    There is no set charge, If you hand dig I would do a TM ticket for the actual amountof time spent.... if you can rip it out with the truck, maybe hit em up for an hours worth of work for each bunch, sicne you will still have to dispose of it...
  3. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    Wear protective clothing and gloves when handling this plant..it will rip you to shreds
  4. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Messages: 2,702

    how do you remove a pompus azz?
  5. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    Are you refering to me?
  6. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Messages: 2,702

    lol, no. Don't be so touchy. I just saw the thread title, and that's what immediately came to mind.

    But hey, if the shoe fits..... :D
  7. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    Well technically it's Pampas Grass But we won't quibble over dialects, Iv'e heard it called a half dozen things around here... Some of them are rather obscene!

    Removing them are fairly easy. Iv'e dug up a dozen or so, actually I'm digging one up tomorrow! Their root ball is pretty small actually and Iv'e never seen one come back from the deeper roots left in the ground.

    Some people are more sensitive than others to the stuff, just depends on how tough your skin is! The only place it gets me is the insides of my arms but it heals in a day or two... I have about 100 clumps to cut back every spring at various houses. I prefer to catch a day when it's in the 50's and CALM so I can wear a long sleeved shirt and gloves and not sweat. Sweat just sticks the fiberglass like stuff that comes out of them to you and makes you itch even more!:dizzy:
  8. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,442

    We do a lot of them. We start with a fresh sharpened hedge trimmer and trim off the top and edges. We roll the stuff into a large tarp so that it don't get everwhere. We use a Husquvara 55 chainsaw to cut it near ground. This is only brand we found that clutch won't clog. Digging them out usually isn't fun if they are big.
  9. southernlandscapespecial

    southernlandscapespecial LawnSite Member
    Messages: 118

    I removed several in one day and it was a pain, don't be afraid of over charging you will be working your butt off removing them. I found the best way was to cut the top as low as you can /wear gloves and longsleeve shirt, start digging around the root ball and use a good sharp shovel.
  10. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    sorry, but that is probably the worst way to do it...

    We cut over 3K of these things per year, and remove tons of them.. ( and it is pampas, not popmas)

    pompas have tons of very small roots. have one guy grab the blades and pull back. The other guy can take a sharpened shovel and slice inward just at ground level. You will easially cut through the roots. Continue this and you will have it gone in no time. The trick is to not get too deep in the dirt. If done right you will not have even 2 inches of a depression in the ground. The pampas will not grow back from the roots in the ground.

    Trying to yank them out with a truck can rip off the bumper if they are large. Seen it happen.

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