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Did some sod busting today...

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by MOWBIZZ, Dec 31, 2007.


    MOWBIZZ Senior Member
    Messages: 500

    ripped up about 6 feet of grass on the edge of the driveway...oops!

    Called the lady of the house on the way to the next client and told her I would make it all better in the spring...she was very nice about it and didn't get angry at all...I'm not a "grass virgin" anymore...lol

    This was a very sloppy snow event and to boot, lots of thawing from all the rain....
    I noticed LOTS of grass and dirt plowed up EVERYWHERE...! (FROM OTHER PLOWERS)
  2. tinymitymo

    tinymitymo Member
    Messages: 91

    It happens....

    Especially with the blade angled:yow!:
  3. Little Jon

    Little Jon Senior Member
    from Buffalo
    Messages: 139

    We pride ourselves in "minimal" lawn damage while plowing. maybe 2 or 3 spots a year for all the trucks combined. But the shop is a different story, Ive destroyed the lawn there this year, I guess plowing the shop after a long night realy isnt the best for us, we just want to get out of there as quick as possible and the lawn suffers. But dont worry, the unilock suffers too. I launched half a brick right across the lot a few nights ago. :):drinkup:
  4. streetfrog

    streetfrog Senior Member
    Messages: 337

    I had a few jobs that got brown snow showing lol Comes with melting/thawing. Im in Hudson where are you from MOWBIZ ?

    MOWBIZZ Senior Member
    Messages: 500

    Hey SF...I'm in Salem on the MA line
  6. streetsurfin'

    streetsurfin' Senior Member
    Messages: 770

    If you just shaved the top of the plants off it may come back of it's own accord from the root system. I would topdress it with some compost as soon as the snow melts off in the spring. If you tore it up deep, pick up the pieces you peeled off and tamp what you can back in place. By the time the ground is thawed and dry enough to work on it, you might be surprised to see the grass recovering, and not needing nearly as much repair. Maybe a little filling in with soil and seed.
  7. earl964

    earl964 Member
    Messages: 54

    I am also in Salem NH and I did the same thing tonight. Most of the time the people understand. I go around in the spring with a load of loom and some seed and try to patch in some areas. I also bring a shovel with me and clean up that one foot strip in front of there garage . Its the little things like that people remember. It also keeps them calling back every year.
    Happy New Year

    MOWBIZZ Senior Member
    Messages: 500

    I also do the garage front with a shovel...see ya around!
  9. streetfrog

    streetfrog Senior Member
    Messages: 337

    I only use my shovel in case I get stuck. Thats the beauty of having a backdrag edge. I can get to within 1 1/2 inches of the garage.
  10. tkrepairs

    tkrepairs Senior Member
    from maine
    Messages: 186

    i have one drive that goes up hill for the most part, and at the end it just goes up and up with the lawn. it seems as though no matter how soon or how far i lift the blade im getting something off the ground at this place. its not too bad but enough to upset me a little bit. the owner doesnt care, sent me a christmas card, a bonus check and said i was a lifesaver...... so thats the reason i dont like taking a chunk out here or there. other than that, its part of the game. and agreed beforehand i dont do landscaping and grass is possibly going to get plowed, but i'll do my best not to.
  11. Little Jon

    Little Jon Senior Member
    from Buffalo
    Messages: 139

    I get that close with the plow. It realy saves having to put your shoes back on when you can get that close, doesnt it?:):drinkup:

    MOWBIZZ Senior Member
    Messages: 500

    hmmmm....you plow in your stocking feet?? lol

    As I go along I'm becoming more familiar with the clearances of my setup but for now I'd rather get out now and then (not every account) and not risk damaging an expensive garage door, especially at the end of the day when I'm getting punchy and may not be concentrating as much as I should.
  13. FordFisherman

    FordFisherman PlowSite.com Addict
    from 06611
    Messages: 1,613

    Don't feel bad mowbizz. We tore down a house in the summer and rebuilt a large colonial in its place. Keep in mind the driveway was on the left, now its on the right side. The first snow (sleet) storm of the year, the customers plow guy shows up and plows the whole front yard where the driveway used to be- what a mess- I guess the garage doors at the other end of the house, or a completely different house, were'nt enough of a clue for this guy.
  14. Young Pup

    Young Pup PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,522

    That is all to funny. I too got some turf on a new property yesterday. Will be staked this weekend.
  15. YardMedic

    YardMedic PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    That's priceless!
  16. Vaughn Schultz

    Vaughn Schultz PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,565

    Just get out and kick some snow on it
  17. NoFearDeere

    NoFearDeere PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,724

    You can't plow snow without tearing up grass!!!:nod:

    MOWBIZZ Senior Member
    Messages: 500

    LMAO...That's exactly what I did...all the dark loam on the white snow looked terrible (and makes it look worse than it probably is...)