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What to look for when Aerating

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by kalyeah, Oct 15, 2004.

  1. kalyeah

    kalyeah LawnSite Member
    Messages: 146

    Hello, not planning on doing any aerating this year. However, thinking I might want to look into it for the future. Looking for tips. What obstacles should you look for when aerating? Tree roots and sprinkler heads. Anything else. I don't know anything about the irrigation systems but I'm assuming I'm safe as long as I stay clear of the heads. Thanks in advance.
  2. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,309

    Sprinkler control valves. I have also seen phone and cable wires at less than 3" deep.
  3. Ursushorribilus

    Ursushorribilus LawnSite Member
    Messages: 207

    Wow, that's ridiculously shallow...Is there a standard depth for these?
  4. kalyeah

    kalyeah LawnSite Member
    Messages: 146

    sounds shallow to me too. How do you go about locating phone wires? Call the phone company? I assume they bury them deeper than that. Guess you should never assume anything. And what about the control valves. How do you locate those? Once again, I don't know anything about the irrigation system.
  5. Wells

    Wells LawnSite Member
    from SLC UT
    Messages: 0

    Decrative Lighting and wiring (some lighting is flush with the ground)
    Stop and Waste valve covers
    Sprinkler Manifold Boxes
    Sprinkler Drain Covers
    Dog fence wiring
    Water Meter Lids

    Thats about everything I can think of right now.
  6. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,309

    I have never called the cable or phone companies to mark their lines. I figure if I do hit them, the phone or cable company needs to bury them deeper. I think Wells pointed out most things. I always make it the customers responsibility to mark anything that might get damaged. This way I'm not to blame if something gets broke.
  7. Olylawnboy

    Olylawnboy LawnSite Senior Member
    from Oly Wa
    Messages: 311

    And don't run over concrete or pavement, even a little bit, don't ask:)
  8. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    Invisible dog fencing is the biggie here. It seems as if everyone has it.Yes, I have learned the hard way on this one... :dizzy:

    Hey ferris, we have a commercial property that has cable and phone lines LAYING on the ground, three summers now. No one from the HOA has called to have it fixed, so we mow around it.I'm not hitting it..the local cable co. subs out 90% of their installs, and these guys could care less about where the cables go
  9. Bray

    Bray LawnSite Member
    Messages: 87

    I worked for a company for about 10 years and the drops to the houses are supposed to be at least a foot deep. but since they only pay about 30 bucks a drop they do it as fast and deep as they can plow in one pass.
  10. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,309

    Run it over a few times and they'll figure out it needs to go underground. Around here they call the cables laying on top of the ground "drops" and they seem to forget about burying it till they have to come out and fix it a few times :p ;)

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