sprinkler donuts

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Ed G, Oct 23, 2006.

  1. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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    being that you are clermont Fl, any home depot or lowes , at lest when I lived there sold the donuts


    Florida Irrigation Supply had em too...page 30 of their catalog.

    I always hated string trimming the st augustine off of them. but a necessary evil....
  2. Ed G

    Ed G LawnSite Member
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    what if I wasn't from clermont, then lowes or home depot wouldn't sell them? :)

    I hate Florida irrigation. They once told me I couldn't buy pop-up sprinkler bodies (without nozzles) and treated me like I was stupid for asking for such a thing.

    I'm looking for CHEAP donuts - about a buck at most.

    I have found plastic donuts for $1.29.

    Anyone familiar with these:

  3. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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    go concrete. you wont be dissapointed. even if you ahve to pay more, they will last longer. I don't think the plastic ones woudl hol dup very well to the UV from the sun

    If the system was installed right, which I'm sure it was, you really don't need the donuts...

    I'd bet even an truvalue or ace woudl have the donuts as well...
  4. Ed G

    Ed G LawnSite Member
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    Thanks. I'll check out Ace or even Willis Hardware - do you remember that place?


    Where in Clermont did you live?

  5. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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    I lived in Orlando down about 3 miles south of the the Beeline just off john young parkway....Place called Whisper Lakes...
  6. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
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    HAS to be a lot of hemorrhoids in FL so I imagine the donuts are not far behind. :laugh:
  7. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    I've never installed donuts, I think it depends on the type of turf and soil you have.

    I guess with a fast growing grass and sandy soil, they could be usefull.
  8. bicmudpuppy

    bicmudpuppy LawnSite Silver Member
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    Imagine bentgrass on steroids Jon. Bermuda and St. Augustine grow on runners like bentgrass, but those runners are more dense than the stems of any goose grass or crabgrass you have ever seen. Warm season grasses like this can be installed in plugs or strips. Imagine six inch strips on 12 inch centers and having perfect turf in less than 4 months! Bed edging has the same challenges. Where in a climate like yours or even mine, a cultivated edge is cut once a year. Down south, they edge monthly or even more often.
  9. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    Thats what I thought, I find grass that spreads by runners and rhizomes much more unattractive grass, but thats just because I'm used to looking at rye grass up here.
  10. Ed G

    Ed G LawnSite Member
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    During the summer months, I cut my grass twice a week.

    Edging and weedwacking is done every week.

    Anyone have any experience with the plastic donuts?

    I mostly want them to protect the heads along the fencing from mower tires running over them. A slight grade toward the fence has the back edge of the sprinkler head raised about 1/2 inch.

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