Tall Grass on the Beach

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by gpriddy, Jun 9, 2003.

  1. gpriddy

    gpriddy LawnSite Member
    from MD
    Messages: 36

    I need advice...

    A customer wants me to cut a large area (40 x 200) o fbeach which has grown up in grasses (14"-20" tall), weeds, frag, and other plants. He wants it cut raked, round-up'd, and maintained. I am not able to get either my wb or ZTR onto the beach area.

    My question is, what should I cut this with? My current option is to use my string trimmer, however I am open to new equipment.

    I am Consxidering:
    buying a 21" Honda and cut it high
    Buying an extended hedge trimmer and running it just off the ground
    Using the existing string trimmer

    Since I am considering selling the 36" wb anyhow, I am considering buying the 21" and putting it straight to work...

    Thoughts Please...

  2. cos

    cos LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,253

    Ever had sand hit ya while trimming? I can't imagine a lawn mower of any kind on sand.
  3. Remsen1

    Remsen1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

    The best to try would be a sickel bar mower on tractor with floatation tires. Then Round Up (applied by licensed applicator only, especially near water I can just imagine the regulations and danger).

    Sounds like a chitty job, not much services after taking care of the initial mess cause nothing grows fast in sand. Make sure to charge them high for the initial cleanup, because that is the hardest part and they may not need you after that.
  4. BRL

    BRL LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,211

    I would check with the local authorities first. Chances are, that dune grass is a fragile part of the eco system there, and there are laws prohibiting damaging the plant life at or near the beach. Most coastal areas have such laws (most by state DEP's) and the fines can be quite serious. Much of the dune grass is keeping the beaches from washing away faster than they already do. It may be an eyesore to your client, but make sure it's not something that is illegal to take down.

    If it is OK, Round Up label states not to be applied to areas where surface water is present, or to intertidal areas below the mean high water mark. So if you use that make sure you are above that. I would use the hedge trimmer. Most dune & beach grass is like most ornamental grasses; thick, strong stalks.
  5. landscaper3

    landscaper3 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,354

    Putting round up near open water is illigal and DEP and EPA will fine heavy. Most of our properties are lake front homes and we work with DEP and NOTHING can be done 100 feet from water unless DEP is notified!!! What BRL said is most likely the regulations.
  6. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,071

    I have an account on the beach that is nothing but sand and clumps of weeds and grass. I would run away. Moving parts and sand do not mix. Would almost hate to give up spending an hour every week getting sand blasted each week. No thanks
  7. Just Turned Pro

    Just Turned Pro LawnSite Member
    Messages: 109

    If you are allowed to cut it, how about a power scythe? Won't be as clean cut as a mower but shouldn't throw sand around either.
  8. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,386

    oh man, getting sand blasted every week for an hour, I would run fast.
  9. 2 man crew

    2 man crew LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 403

    If you are permitted like others have stated, you should use Sahara w/Round Up on the beach. Sahara will take down shrubs and trees so be carefull.
  10. brucec32

    brucec32 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,403

    I would advise being very careful to check the legality of using roundup or cutting grasses near the ocean. You'll be the one paying the stiff fines if caught, most likely.

    I avoid doing cleanup work on overgrown properties. I don't want to wind up being a blurb in the paper about a man stung to death or taken down by a nest of vipers or something. I always seem to have critter problems when I do this type of work, so I quit doing it.

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