Swampy mess!!!!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Coach, May 16, 2003.

  1. Coach

    Coach LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    I have an area, on a commercial account, that I have not been able to mow because of all the rain. It is starting to resemble a swamp. My question is is there anything I can do other than wait on mother nature to take its course. I have thought about putting the rubber boots on and weed eat what I can. I would appreciate any thought or ideas.

  2. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    Wait it out, I say. Not worth all that trouble.

  3. a1 lawncare

    a1 lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 153

    hey coach i had the same situation and was getting further behind, remembered my dad had one of those dr trimmer on wheels, i got it cut but it made a horrible mess, me and machine. but with all the rain we've been getting i had to do it. short of that i would have used my big stihl trimmer.

    good luck, keith
  4. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    I would like to add, call the owners and explain why it has not been cut.

  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    How big of an area is it? I have, at times, put my yellow boots on, and knocked it out with trimmers. Atleast this way, it will help it dry a little when the sun DOES hit it. Don't bother with any pick-up at this point, though. It's not worth it. Raking this stuff oput of water, and trying to drag it with a tarp, it's just not feasible for the labor costs - compared to what actually get done. It can always be picked up after it dries. ;)
  6. Coach

    Coach LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    The size of the mess approximately 20 yard by 20....give or take.. Walker Talker, I thought the same about weed eating the area so maybe it mite help dry....
    This same area stayed green all summer despite it being dry. I wonder if there is some underground spring or something else. There is a new restraunt up the way about 200yards...

    Appreciate all the responses.. Coach
  7. Gr grass n Hi tides

    Gr grass n Hi tides LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

    I say wait it out, but while you do maybe you could start talking to the property owner about solving the drainage problem. Could be a big profit maker for you if you could truck in some gravel & topsoil, then seed. I am doing exactly that for a property I service, although the damaged area is not a large as what you're dealing with. My client has several small areas totalling about 1500 sq.ft.
  8. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,910

    Rent a 2" trash pump, drain the area then cut it and impress your customer.. Then bill him for everything..
    Just kidding discuss it with the customer first before doing it.

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