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Something was Burning

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Keegan, Jul 12, 2008.

  1. Keegan

    Keegan LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 612

    I saw something weird the other day.

    I went to the backyard of a customer and as soon I walked back there I smelled something burning. I started looking around and saw nothing. So I kept going and when I came back near the gate I smelled it again. Finally I saw it. Thier mulch along the house was smoldering pretty good.
    I knocked on the door and their dog sitter answers and said her friend just had the same thing happen.
    The funny thing is she asks me what she should do. I was like do you have a bucket of water or hose? DUH!!

    Ever hear of this sorta thing?:blob2:
  2. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    yes, but it usually has help.
  3. 44DCNF

    44DCNF LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,562

  4. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    I've seen this happen too! I too thought it was sponteanous, and YES that CAN happen... But I also think I, or actually my mower was probably the cause. I had just mowed around the perimeter of this lawn and had 6 homes in a row to do. 10 or 15 minutes later I was in the back part and I smelled smoke. I knew this was not right so I went around to investigate. Sure enough there was a 2 to 3 foot circle of mulch, and a poor new fountian grass, that was black and smoldering. No visible flames but it was burning, could see it progressing. I went across the street and notified the neghibor of what was going on, just because there was no one home at that house and I wanted someone to witness it before I watered it down. I really swore it had to be sponteanous combustion, but the more I thought about it the more I think the MUFFLER on my mower was the cause. Mufflers can and will shoot out hot embers, either small peices of the metal baffles inside or carbon. Hence the use of spark arrestors. I had just mowed around there, 10 minutes later a fire... Seems obvious, lol.
  5. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,667

    there is a yard in my town that makes mulch and a couple times a year the fire department has to go put the fire out on the pile because it gets so hot on the inside with the organic matierial breaking down.
  6. capnsac

    capnsac LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 702

    Man that sounds like a problem I have in my pants. Gets awfully hot in there...
  7. Whitey4

    Whitey4 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,448

    Actually, I think that might be yer brain....

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