Western PA Landscapers!

Discussion in 'Network: North' started by 93Chevy, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,104

    I suggested googling to see if the decsription matched what they know about it...

    Mystery solved, I guess.
  2. Pressedun

    Pressedun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 44,983

    Sounds like you're spot on with the Black Lace Elderberry, never heard or even seen it before but IMHO I wouldn't ever plant it.
  3. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,104

    I googled "purple shrubs" and started looking at photos. It took me about 35 seconds.

    I'm a freaking genius.

  4. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,104

    Hot enuff fer ya?

    Thought I'd post it in case you didn't hear that enough today.

    I swear to god - the next person is gonna lose some teeth...
  5. Mayers

    Mayers LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Messages: 18

    Mhmm got that about 10 times today..
  6. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,943

    Does anybody have ideas regarding making crab grass a cash crop?
  7. DoubleClutch

    DoubleClutch LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    Yea Oaknut all my clients that I see said that!! Getting ready for today and it going to be a scorcher!! Keep hydrated guys it going to be low 90's!!
  8. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,943

    Wow, nobody posted here in about three weeks! That can only mean that everybody is working.

    Yes, continuing to pedal fast here. No breaks, no slack time for getting the bush trimming jobs done. I am way behind. Grass continues to grow, and we get enough rain to keep it moving. Looks like some of you north of 'burgh may be getting hammered tonight.

    How about ground nests? Last season, I did not get stung one time. This season, I think I've been nailed four or five times. Today was the worst. I can't count them all, but about 10 total, in four different places. I hit the nest with the trimmer, and they were really aggressive. I kept backing off, and a couple of them stung me at least 30 feet away.

    Two weeks ago, I got stung twice. It was at an open location. I searched in vain for a nest, but found nothing. Last week, while mowing the same property, I found the nest, about 35 feet away from where they stung me the week before. Last week I mowed over the nest once, without harm. In the return pass, I saw the nest about 10 feet in front of the mower to was able to avoid.

    In nearly all cases, the stings are through double socks, on the ankle. I always wear a thin underliner, and a a heavy work sock over top. They are able to penetrate both, and still do damage.

    Usually, ground nests appear after a prolonged dry and hot spell, in dry ground. This is not the case this year. In all cases, except today, the nests are in an open area, a hole in the turf at a place with no significance. Today, the nest was under a dogwood tree, in an area I cannot mow, but keep trimmed down with the string. The hole was next to a fern stump. I'm hoping that when I return next week, some larger critter, such as skunk or raccoon will have dug it out.

    Anybody else seeing a proliferation of ground nests this Summer?

    Just for reference, my July cuts/sales were very close to May, certainly much better than June. A season unlike others.
  9. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 41,919

    What's funny is that while I don't mow grass for a living anymore, two times cutting grass this year I've gotten stung. Once was on the small of my back and I couldn't find a nest anywhere. Felt like it had to have been a bald faced hornet as it was incredibly painful, put me out for a minute or two. Second time I got nailed behind the ear twice by a bumble bee. I had never in my life seen a bumble bee nest anywhere, but I ran one over that was in the ground. They're very docile while pollinating flower, to the point where I can physically poke them and there's no problem, but my mower was inaccessible for a few minutes because it was covered in angry bumble bees.
  10. JimsLocalLawn

    JimsLocalLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 903

    It's been a good year for services, but a bad year on sales. Not sure what is going on but people are crazy on some of their expected prices. I had a guy contact me and ask me if I could manage his 6 acre property for $80! Last week I did a estimate in the country, was 1 acre and I quoted $70 weekly. She told me the last guy did it for $40. And I lost every bid (by nearly half the price) that was 1 acre or more.

    I guess I'm more profitable on smaller residential property because that is what I am setup to service. But if you guys out there with your big trucks and multiple zero turn trailers are charging these prices for larger properties... I feel sorry for you.

    Anybody else have this problem?

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