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Seeds On Mower?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by ranger351w, Mar 15, 2007.

  1. ranger351w

    ranger351w LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    Good day

    I had a commercial potential customer phone last night to have me give an estimate on about six apartment complexes. As the conversation went along she asked what I did to keep weed seeds such as creeping Charlie out of her lawns???:
    She stopped me cold with that and I said I would wash the mowers down at the car wash to which she replied that she didn't think that would work. Said something about spraying something on the wheels:confused:
    Does anyone know about how to not carry seeds from one lawn to another??
    Sure would appreciate the answer to this if anyone knows, Im stumped.
    Thank you
  2. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    if she's got a got fert and chem program, it should not be a problem...
  3. haybaler

    haybaler LawnSite Senior Member
    from ma
    Messages: 511

    this subject interests me very much. I had a customer that wanted to go as far as buy his own mower and have me use it on his lawn because he was concerned about weed seeds and diseases from other peoples lawns. I know the vets that go from one farm to another have to dip there boots in a special solution till kill any bacteria after every farm. maybe there's something we should spray on the tires after every lawn??
  4. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    you can trasmit diseases from the blade tips of the mowers.... But again it falls backon good fert and chem programs.

    If you are concerned I would think a solution of bleach and water would help with the disease transmission, but spray the deck blades, and tires, but you would need ot blow off your mower after every lawn to keep weed seeds at bay. think about all the nook and crannies on your mower than can hold onto grass clippings and seeds....

    they raisea valid concern, but I never had any issues before....
  5. Dollar Spot

    Dollar Spot LawnSite Member
    Messages: 159

    All lawns have weed seeds and pathogens in them from various sources. They are always there ready to germinate or manifest themselves. They blow in from the neighbors, are carried in by people, animals, mowers etc.. Cleaning the mowers betweens jobs seems to me to be just cosmetic and certainly a time burden.

    The real issue is the condition of the turf. There isn't to many weeds that can compete with a thick dense stand of turf. A sound fertility program is the key to healthy turf just like a healthy diet is the key to a healthy person.
  6. ranger351w

    ranger351w LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    Thanks for the response I feel as you do but just checking to see if I missed something. If the subject is broached again I will bring up fert&squirt.:waving:
  7. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    if they still want you to wash and blow your mowers before each visit. charge accordingly.

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