What have you found buried in the lawn so far?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Up North, Jun 4, 2005.

  1. SproulsLawnCare

    SproulsLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    from IN
    Messages: 365

    Beer cans
    Easter baskets
    Pieces of drop cords
    Pieces of garden hose
    Pieces of baby dolls
    Toy cars
    Dead fish
    Assorted clothing items
    Used diapers
    Garden tool handle (rake?)
    Metal pipes

    Probably more that I can't remember, but this is all from one lawn. I try to pick it all up before hand. Usually though, there are several things that get missed. I figure that if they can't keep it all picked up, it becomes mower fodder.
  2. Csaba-Ferenczi

    Csaba-Ferenczi LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    I have found alot of junk around my property and some take almost the whole day to take out of the ground.

    Large concrete pieces (300lbs each atleast)

    Fallen tree under ground (1000+lbs)



    2 inch 20-40ft cable for bulldozers


    lots of plastic


    very small tiles

    large rocks

    sometimes a bottle

    a matress frame


    an old wheel barrow

    roofing supplies

    old fences

    thats about all i can remember.
  3. Up North

    Up North LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MN
    Messages: 1,063

    Congrats man!! Very nice start indeed. Yes, we'll have to try put together a pheasant hunt, see if we can wrangle up Camland from Michigan too.

  4. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 3,556

    Buck, I didnt know you cut... Thats sweet, I thought you just plowed. When ya gonna get a 2500hd?

    what kinda mowers ya got?
  5. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 3,556

    oh and what did I find.... some people are gonna get pissed at me, but I was cutting a yard that was about a foot tall, and there was a rabbit hole (i didnt know they lived underground) and one came running up, and well, it wasnt the easter bunny anymore. but luckly I noticed it as soon as it came up and went a tad under the deck and I pulled up so he just got a short scalp. Im sure he lived, just had some fur to grow back, but im sure with the heat we've been getting, he isnt missing it.

    I have a contract for two realating (spelling?) companys and one bank (take care of their repos), and every once in a while I have to cut tall arse grass, and thats how I found that bunny, im sure if it was maintained everyweek it wouldnt have happened :(
  6. Up North

    Up North LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MN
    Messages: 1,063

    I run Snapper (Fastback Pro ZTR) & Toro (WB) for shearing grass, and Echo hand helds for finishing.

    I'd love to jump on a 2500HD especially now with the deal they have running but my truck has been paid off for 2 years and I love NO PAYMENTS!!!!

  7. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 3,556

    thats sweet. I just made my first payment. I dont mind, now when I have to bid a first job of the month, which was yesterday, I just add my truck payment into the bid, none-theless, I got it and did the job today and payment 2 is paid already, only 4 days into the month. lol.

    now I just need to buy a better mower, either hydro wb or a z. not sure what I want.

    how many accounts do you have?
  8. Up North

    Up North LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MN
    Messages: 1,063

    Running 22 accounts right now part time. Doesn't sound like much I know but at least half the accounts are very large props that take 1 1/2 hours to 3 hours to do by myself. Then I do real estate when I can.

  9. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Well other than the usual which you guys already posted, I had a yard with tall grass AND a small pile of brush to clean. So I grabs the 10-tine pitchfork and load the brush in my trailer first, close up the gate and take the outfit out of the driveway so I can cut grass.
    So I'm cruising around with the WB when suddenly I hit something that stopped the center spindle (you know, belt squeal and smoke) so of course I shut it all down. Then I look closer and see the handle of my 10-tine pitchfork sticking out the front. Dude that suk'd, the damage to the mower blade was minimal but one the tines on the fork was completely wrapped around the blade and the 10-tine fork is 50 bucks, 80 for a nice one.
    So I just put it in the truck, was able to tighten the nut enough to get me through the rest of the day (but once I took the bladebolt off to change for sharp blades later, I couldn't get a thread to grip no more - that's when I realized the bladebolt had got stripped). All in all, after some patient work with a vise and some visegrips and a hammer, I was able to straighten the pitchfork tines back to functional (phew) and was only out 10 bucks for the bladebolt.
    Far as the rabbits, I don't wanna talk about that but I do have a dead cat in one yard (no I didn't hit it but the smell is, well...)

    Other than that...
    My favorite sound is the 'Zing' of a blade when I THOUGHT the blades would clear that stupid rock :)
  10. Mountaingoat

    Mountaingoat LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    Hello all. New here, This is what I've managed to chop up so far.
    Beer cans
    Empty one liter soda bottles. Some of them make a nice POP!
    Frog - yuck
    Various rocks. ewwww That didnt sound good. It sounded expensive!
    Small wet blanket- that turned me off in a hurry.
    Old clothesline buried in ground, that shut me down.
    Old coil springs from a chair. Wrapped nicely around the drive spindle.(insert cuss here________)

    And I walked the property before hand. Next time I take a closer look.
    So with that said where can I order a back up set of blades for a 42 inch deck? :cry:

    Looking for help on setting pricing, check out the new to business forum if ya think you can help. Thanks. Mountaingoat

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