Rotating Service Areas - Large Scale Landscape Maintenance

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by merrimacmill, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 515

    Does anyone here with larger landscape maintenance sites rotate the service intervals to different sections of the site, for services such as pruning, edging, weeding, etc?

    What I mean by this is, for services other than the regular weekly maint (grass & trash) does anyone (for example) prune all the shrubs in one predetermined section of the property, and then at the next interval (maybe 1-2 weeks later) prune all the shrubs in the next section of property? Another scenario would be edging grass along all the concrete areas. Instead of edging every sidewalk and curb line, every week, you could pick a section of the property and edge that this week, and the other section next week.

    My thought behind this is to cut down on the time spent each day and week (not total man hours over the season), at each site, to get the most out of the crew. If it is mapped out, scheduled and timed properly, each section in theory would not out grow the one done before since in reality they are all being done at the same time interval from each other. Of course the first service, for the first section would most likely need to be done earlier than 'really' needed, in order for other sections to not overgrow.

    This could be a common practice for many on larger sites, I've never done it this way, but it is just something I've been thinking about. Of course it also depends on the expectation of the client and what they are paying for. But these are not places with flawless landscapes like Disney World or something. Not dumps either, but just average large scale HOAs, many of which are not even irrigated.
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2013
  2. SRT8

    SRT8 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CA
    Messages: 1,318

    We mow and edge the entire sites weekly. Pruning depends on the type of shrub and the size of the property. If the property is small we prune everything in one day, or break it up into two or thirds or quarters. All depends on the size of the site and the amount of shrubs. Their are a lot of variables.
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  3. Frankies L&L

    Frankies L&L LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    We do this as well at several semi-large subdivisions. But I have been asking the same question? Is there a better way? More efficient?
  4. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    Anyone can knock out any size hedge trimming job in a day if they go out and buy enough hedge trimmers, enough trailers to haul all the debris, buy enough trucks to tow all those trailers.

    I do not see a problem with breaking the job down into manageable size sections.
  5. SDLandscapes VT

    SDLandscapes VT LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 581

    the sectional approach works except on the largest of accounts because it takes too much time from what I hope is an already full mowing schedule. if the crew has an extra day built in for weather that day can be used to separate out the largest accounts to mow and to perform a full pruning. if all else fails there is the pruning crew option which can work very well if you have the equipment for it and the work to sustain it
  6. Some companies here have separate crews for pruning/trimming. It just boils down to how much work you have and how big the properties are.
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