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

  1. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Wanna talk "properly secured"?

    In Wilkinsburg today I saw a eight or ten foot trailer JAM PACKED with gear.
    They had some sort of ZTR on there and there was a push mower sitting ON TOP of the front of the ZTR.

    :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :hammerhead:
  2. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
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    Some sycamore trees shed bark more easily than others. I had a customer a few years ago -- terrible bark problem. I have one now with a large sycamore, ... nothing to fall.

    As fair warning, sycamore trees will drop small branches regularly, ones that are 2-4 feet long, an inch or so in diameter. These branches at hard as stone. They do not break easily, and create a real ruckus if hit by the mower. I have to do "stick pick up" nearly every week to rid the mowing area of them.
  3. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Thanks for the input.

    Fortunately, the property is very small (Edgewood), and consists of three "islands" of grass, so it will be more of an annoyance than anything, but I was shocked to see the amount of debris all over after only one week. (today was the second cut)

    I noted my total time last week, but first cuts always take longer.
    Today I noted start and finish time (with 21") AND totals for...
    (a) blowing debris from drive, walk, deck into lawn to be mulched - 5 minutes
    (b) mow - 15 minutes
    (c) trim - 5 minutes
    (d) blow - 2 minutes
    I figure if I need to bag due to excessive bark/leaves, or picking up branches add maybe 5 minutes.

    I guess five minutes isn't all that bad for the pre-mow cleanup. I can live with that - it's just annoying. At least the client is cool and will pay whatever I'm asking. Not that I'm looking to milk it or screw him over - I'm just fortunate that he isn't the type to quibble over a few dollars if I need to tweak his price to accommodate extra time due to the damned trees.

    I have another property in Monroeville that's good sized and there are sticks on the ground there ALL the time and it's a huge pain in my backside due to the size of the area that needs policed before mowing.
    That and a multitude of other reasons are why I'm letting them go next season.
  4. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
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    Local weather station recorded 0.90" rain on Saturday, and 1.25" on Sunday. This will help keep the grass keep growing for another week, or more.
  5. McG_Landscaping

    McG_Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
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    Really getting sick of these weathermen not being able to predict the rain. Ruins a day almost as much as the rain
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  6. Pressedun

    Pressedun LawnSite Fanatic
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    Raining in Cranberry, I said screw it on mowing today.
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  7. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'll take rain everyday if it means I ain't gotta water plants an' 'at.
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  8. Bumpmaster

    Bumpmaster LawnSite Fanatic
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    Is it summer yet? :confused:
  9. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
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    Well, yes, ... another tough day at the office. I got wet about 10:30. Dried out, got wet again about 12:30. Dried out, got wet about 2:00. This time, sat out for 90 minutes to have it stop. I continued on, but missed one job for the day. Long day tomorrow to catch up ... But, ground is wet enough to carry into August for good growth.

    I did get two confirming observations with homeowners having rain guages, about 2.2" rain over Saturday night, and Sunday. Today, the on/off/on ...pattern produced another 0.27".

    Oh yes, did anybody else feel like digging out the Fall clothes? Low to mid-60, wet, stiff breeze, ... shorts were hardly comfortable today. I'm glad I kept my cold-weather clothes in the truck from a couple of months ago.
  10. s3nt2mow

    s3nt2mow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    Lot of Pittsburgians here... Yins ever heard of New Castle? My father is from there. I'm outside of Philly.

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