Services

Pipeline Mowing

Pipeline Services

This article will give you a fair view of what is involved with pipeline services with regards to acreage mowing for the pipeline company.  If you have questions after you have read this article, call us at Keith’s Tractor Mowing, a trusted name in pipeline services in the Fort Worth, Texas vicinity.

Pipeline construction continues to expand oil and gas transportation infrastructure in this country at a rapid pace to keep up with developments in North America. Along with these large-scale projects comes the necessity to clear the path for these pipelines i.e. clearing unwanted trees, underbrush, limbs and intruding vegetation from the path of these transmission and distribution lines across the countryside.

Right-of-way (ROW) vegetation clearing is a crucial aspect of line maintenance that enables increased visibility and access to the pipeline. Such clearing may also enhance the integrity of the pipe itself, as noxious growth is kept off the top of the line. When gas or oil lines become “lost” and hard to locate, they become a safety concern for the community and for those working on the pipeline.

With this said, ROW mowing is seemingly simple in theory — remove unwanted trees and brush, allow the ROW to become visible for pipeline management and the community, and leave a visually appealing path behind.  The reality of it, though, is that this is a tough job requiring experienced tractor mowing services.

How do you find a reputable pipeline services company in your region?

Go with experience!

We apologize in advance for new brush mowing services just starting out in this business, but with pipeline clearing, experience matters.  Hire from a list of those companies which have done pipeline clearing before.  If this is your first ride at the pipeline rodeo, ask around.  Call other pipeline companies for recommendations.  Check with your local officials and see if you can garner a few recommendations.  Bad news travels fast.  If a company has done a poor job on a previous pipeline job, it won’t take long to unearth a negative review about that company.

Check references

This is related to the first, but you must check references. Pipeline clearing is not like mowing a pasture or field.  This requires following a specific right of way path.  It required moving obstacles.  It requires equipment capable of doing the job properly. The only way you can make sure you are hiring an experienced company is to thoroughly check the references they give you,  and if they can’t give you references then walk away quickly.

Sign a specific contract

Once you have found a company you can trust, draw up a contract with specific work requirements. This is important and must not be ignored.  Include in this contract an agreed upon price and a deadline for completion of the job . . . both are crucial.

Those are the basic points you should concern yourself with concerning pipeline services.  Do not rush through this process.  Start the process early and take as much time as is necessary to find commercial tractor mowing services you can trust.

Again, if you have questions, you can call us at Keith’s Tractor Mowing.  We are a trusted name in the pipeline industry in the Fort Worth area.

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Pasture Mowing Service

 

Pasture Mowing Services

Finding reliable pasture mowing services, or acreage mowing services, is a bit more complicated than doing a Google search.  This article should help you to conduct a proper search, one which will net you pasture mowing services you can rely upon.  Call us after reading this article if you have more questions or concerns.  We are Keith’s Tractor Mowing in Fort Worth, Texas, a trusted name in pasture mowing and all large mowing jobs.

What’s so difficult about pasture mowing?

Experience is needed when mowing pasture.  Cut it too short and you can ruin the grasses.  Cut it too often and the same will occur.  Cut it often enough and weeds are discouraged from growing.  Cut it with the wrong equipment and an uneven cut will occur.  This is not a job left to guesswork, and it is not a job to trust to Tom and Fred, locals who have two Toro push mowers.  You really need pros for pasture mowing or any large acreage mowing job.

What to look for from a pasture mowing company

The first thing to look for is experience.  How much field mowing services experience does a company have?  This will call for verification on your part.  You will need to check references.  Ask the company owner or representative for the names of some customers they have done pasture mowing for in the past, and then call those customers up and ask for a recommendation.  Does this seem like a tedious step to take? If you consider the money you are about to pay for having your pasture mowed, this step will see reasonable and necessary.  There are a lot of people out there who talk a good game, and promise the moon.  You need to find out if they can deliver on that promise.

Check with the Better Business Bureau . . .

And the Chamber of Commerce while you are at it.  World spreads through a community quickly if a company has done a good job; word spreads twice as fast about a company which does poor work.  Ask around; it won’t take long to get a recommendation or two about your applicants.

Make sure they have liability insurance to cover any damage they might inadvertently do.  At Keith’s Tractor Mowing, we carry $1,000,000 in general liability insurance. We find that to be sufficient for any land clearing or lot mowing job we have.

Finally, make sure they have the equipment necessary

Pasture mowing services should have the proper equipment.  Pasture mowing jobs call for tractor mowing equipment.  Large swaths of land must be cleared and mowed in one pass.  You are paying by the hour in most cases, so make sure the company has large enough equipment to make short work of your pasture. If they can’t do an acre per hour you should look elsewhere for pasture mowing services.

Again, our name is Keith’s Tractor Mowing, serving the Greater Fort Worth area.  If we can be of any assistance, feel free to contact us and ask your questions.  Following these steps and suggestions should net you a reliable pasture mowing services company.

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Oilfield Site Mowing

 

Oilfield Site Mowing

Professional oilfield site mowing requires the requisite skill of acreage mowing with the ability to mow according to strict specifications.  Not every field mowing company can do it, so choose wisely if you are looking for an oilfield site mowing company. This article can help. We are Keith’s Tractor Mowing, serving the Greater Fort Worth area, and we know about all there is to know about oilfield site mowing and pipeline mowing. Call us if you have questions.

The logistics of oilfield site mowing

Here is a truth you can hang your hat one: oilfield site are not nice, neat, and level.  It just doesn’t work like that.  The oil can be anywhere, and topography is not a factor. Oil can be anywhere, and the above-ground situation just doesn’t affect oil location at all.

Which is to say that oilfield site mowing can be easy but, in most cases, is extremely difficult . . . uneven ground, thick brush, large boulders, small saplings, all must be cleared and/or mowed so that the oil drilling can be done and the pipeline can be laid, and all of that is a job for an experienced professional.

Are you looking for such a professional oilfield site mowing expert?  Look for the following before making a choice.

Look for liability insurance

For example, Keith’s Tractor Mowing carries a $1 million liability insurance policy to cover any problem while doing a job.  Look for something similar from any company you hire.  Accidents happen on an oilfield site. This is not some easy acreage mowing job, or some walk-in-the-park field mowing task. Problems occur on oilfield sites, and liability insurance is the only sure-fire protection.

Look for experience

We cannot say this enough: hire experience for any oilfield site mowing job and brush hog clearing job. Our apologies to those companies just starting out; it seems extremely unfair to eliminate them from consideration, but you are better off doing exactly that.  Experience counts on difficult mowing jobs.  Pipeline mowing is not a job where people should train or practice.  Professionals are needed in order for the job to be done properly.

Look for the right equipment

Heavy-duty brush hog clearing machines and rough-and-tumble tractor mowing machines are needed for oilfield site mowing.  Nothing else will do the job properly.  When you talk to companies about doing the job for you, ask them what machinery they have available.

Do not make price the most important factor

We cannot emphasize this point enough.  Everyone is looking for a good deal, but for jobs like oilfield site mowing, the cheapest quote most likely is not the best quote.  Too much goes into a pipeline job; too much experience is needed; too many things can go wrong; to undercut in price is to say you don’t understand just how much expertise is needed. Generally speaking, stay away from a price which seems too good to be true.

About Keith’s Tractor Mowing

Keith’s Tractor Mowing brings experience and vast knowledge to any job in the Fort Worth area, the type of experience and knowledge you should look for in your oilfield mowing job. Call us if you have questions.

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HOA Services

HOA Services

HOA services with regards to field mowing can be a bit tricky.  All HOA contracts are different.  All must be followed exactly.  No two are ever the same.  No two job quotes are ever the same.  All of this is to say the following: if you are hiring the tractor mowing services of a company, make sure you are hiring a company which comes highly recommended.

Why is field mowing so “tricky?”

Acreage mowing is not three guys pushing lawnmowers across an open expanse of land.  If it were, you could hire your son and two of his buddies to mow your HOA land “on the cheap.”  Acreage mowing usually involves large-scale mowing of uneven ground.  It requires special equipment and it requires mowing around objects and structures.  In addition, if we are talking about an acre or more of manicured lawn, we are talking about a cut of a specific height to meet HOA standards. There is no way your son and his friends can do that type of acreage mowing.

Which means you need commercial tractor mowing services!

Commercial tractor mowing services means hiring someone trained for large acreage mowing.  It means hiring someone with heavy duty equipment and, if necessary,  it means hiring brush hogging services as well.  Yes, you are going to pay for this type of trained labor, but a qualified professional is worth the money he charges.

What do HOA services cost for acreage mowing?

It really depends on the job!  Some companies charge by the hour. If that is the case, you are looking at $40-$50 per hour as an average figure to gauge by.  Some tractor mowing services give a job quote, and those quotes can vary greatly.

So how do you decide?

Ultimately, you want to hire a company that holds the same high standards for its employees and performance that you do for your own personnel. The landscape firm you hire will be a partner — an extension of your team that cares for your property.

Ask around!  Surely there are several HOAs in your area. Find out who does the acreage mowing for those HOAs.  Get recommendations from those who have already hired HOA services. Call the Better Business Bureau for recommendations as well as the Chamber of Commerce.  And make sure the company has the proper licensing and insurance.

And if you are an acreage mowing company facing your first HOA contract . . .

Make sure you know every specific of that contract.  It all needs to be spelled out in detail before you hop on your tractor and begin mowing.  Surely you trained under a journeyman. Ask him/her for words of wisdom in dealing with an HOA.

There are two very important things to remember with HOA services: if you do a good job with one, you will never lack for work and two, if you do a poor job with one you will find it very hard to ever do another one.

We are Keith’s Tractor Mowing in Fort Worth, Texas, and we have some pretty extensive experience with HOA services and contracts. Give us a call if you have questions and we’ll do our best to set your mind at ease.

Brush Hogging Services

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Brush Hogging Services

To put it simply, brush hogging services are nothing more than grass-cutting and shrub-cutting services using a large device known as a brush hog.

What is a brush hog?

A brush hog is a large “trailing” device which attaches to a tractor by means of a hitch.  It has rotary blades which can spin at speeds up to 150 miles per hour, and those blades are quite heavy and made of reinforced steel so they can withstand the beating they take as they travel over rocks, stumps, and other natural obstacles.  The blades actually “bounce” over obstacles like rocks, returning to their pre-set height so they can continue “mowing” the vegetation.

Needless to say, blades which travel at 150 miles per hour are quite capable of hurling objects like rocks when they come in contact with them. They are also quite dangerous should you come in contact with them, so hiring a brush hogging company to handle that type of land clearing is mandatory.  Amateurs and part-time gardeners should never undertake a brush hogging job, even though brush hog machines are available through certain companies for rental.  Paying for the field mowing services from a company which has field mowing equipment and is licensed to use it is easily your best bet.

What does brush hogging cost?

This is an important point to pay attention to.  Brush hogging services are almost always a type of acreage mowing.  That means they are large jobs over uneven ground, ground which often has obstacles and/or structures which can impeded the cut.  Companies which give a job price quote without seeing the land in question should be avoided. Each job is different.  Each will require a thorough inspection  so that an accurate cost estimate can be given.

Some companies charge by the hour.   Some companies charge by the job.  Some include travel to the job site; some do not charge for travel.  There are so many factors to consider when discussing the cost of field mowing services, factors like how many acres can the operator mow in an hour? Five? Four?  Factors like reliability and character and job satisfaction.

How to hire brush hogging services

Ask around! Ask for references!  Do not hire a brush hogging service simply by doing a Google search.  There is too much possibility of damage being done to just randomly pick a commercial tractor mowing services company.  Do your due diligence and find out who comes highly recommended for this difficult and expensive task, and only when you are satisfied with the recommendations should you hire a company to do your brush hogging.

Questions?  You can give us a call at Keith’s Tractor Mowing. Our number is (817) 791-4318, and we have been doing brush hogging in the Fort Worth, Texas area for a number of years.  Any question you have about acreage mowing, tractor mowing services, or tractor mowing equipment, we should be able to answer for you.

Remember, brush hogging services require highly trained companies.  Choose wisely before signing a contract.

Land Clearing

Land Clearing

Land clearing can be daunting to someone who has just purchased undeveloped property.  Land clearing can be daunting to a property owner looking to clear away unused sections of a larger property, and it can be daunting to those who own developed property and simply want to maintain it. Land clearing on a large scale, and we are talking acreage, is not the job for two guys with lawn mowers. For quality land clearing, the proper equipment is needed as well as the proper experience.

We know all about land clearing. Call us for information and rates at (817) 991-4318.

What is involved in land clearing?

Land clearing typically means using equipment ranging from chain saws to large bulldozers, excavators, backhoes or other heavy machinery to remove obstacles like trees, bushes, rocks, uneven dirt and other debris from a parcel of land. If the parcel is being cleared for fire safety, to make it possible to walk around the property or to restore overgrown views, then a selective clearing will remove all underbrush and debris but leave established and desirable trees intact. If the land is being cleared to become pasture or farmland most everything will be removed. And for new construction, often everything in the building footprint will be cleared, leaving an open area of bare dirt.

What does land clearing cost?

Land clearing costs depend on whether the parcel is flat, sloped, grassy, brushy, lightly wooded, heavily forested or a combination of these conditions. Other factors affecting price include local rates, local regulations, the total amount of land being cleared and accessibility.

How to find a good land clearing company

  • Ask neighbors, friends or at the local hardware or feed store for referrals to land clearing or excavation companies. Typically a company representative will visit the property before quoting a price for a land clearing project. If possible, get several estimates.
  • Verify that the company is properly bonded, insured and licensed[12] . Ask for and check references, and look for complaints with the Better Business Bureau

What does land clearing cost?

This is an impossible question to answer in this article. The cost of land clearing depends on a number of factors, all of which are related to the type of land we are talking about. Your best bet is to have several land clearing companies come out to your land and have them walk the land and write up a job quote.  Make sure these companies are licensed and bonded; if not, do not deal with them. There is too much that can go wrong with land clearing; do not leave it to amateurs.

About Keith’s Tractor Mowing

Serving the Greater Fort Worth area, Keith’s Tractor Mowing is a trusted name in land clearing.  We specialize in the following jobs:

For more information about land clearing and large-scale mowing jobs, give us a call.

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Airport Grounds

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Airport Grounds

“As a pilot and living in an airport community, I have a full understanding of what is needed to mow airport grounds. Knowledge of right-of-ways, incoming air traffic and runway lighting is essential in mowing the grounds of an airport.” Keith Sturgeon, Owner.

You have the choice between two commercial tractor mowing services to mow at your airport. One is well-established with a track record of mowing around municipal buildings downtown, and also has extensive experience with school grounds. The other company is owned and operated by a licensed pilot who lives in an airport community and who has dealt with airport personnel for many years.

Which acreage mowing service are you likely to hire?

The choice is so very obvious!

Keith’s Tractor and Mowing Services is owned and operated by Keith Sturgeon, a man who has built his reputation upon traits like reliability and trustworthiness. For twenty years Sturgeon has owned businesses in the Fort Worth area, and that kind of track record is worth considering when choosing a commercial tractor mower. He understands airports. He understands important issues which come with the airport package, and he understands that time is money. Delays cannot happen when mowing at airports. Country and city codes must be upheld and guidelines strictly followed. These are jobs which call for the best commercial lawn mowing service, and that is Keith’s Tractor and Mowing Services.

Airport mowing contracts call for the best tractor mowing equipment, and that is why Keith Sturgeon relies almost exclusively on the TORO 5910. Capable of mowing 100 acres in a day, the TORO features 180 degree turn-on-a-dime capabilities leaving no grass uncut. It is capable of mowing around runway lights and other structures near the runway with ease, and it is the best commercial mower for short grass and a Tudor Mansion appearance.

“Air traffic controllers have enough problems just keeping the air traffic organized and flying smoothly,” says Sturgeon. “They certainly don’t need to be worrying about tractor mowing on the ground. We offer a worry-free service, and we offer it at competitive prices.”

Competitive but not the cheapest, and that is an important point to mention. You pay for quality. If you want the job done correctly the first time, and time and time again after that, then you don’t shop for price . . . you shop for professionalism. That’s what Keith’s Tractor and Mowing Services guarantees: professionalism at competitive prices. One-million dollars in liability insurance guarantees that you have no worries when contracting with Keith’s.

So let’s summarize: a tractor mowing company owned and operated by a licensed pilot with airport-mowing knowledge and experience; an established business leader with twenty years of experience in the Fort Worth area; the best equipment used; and the confidence in knowing that your airport job is being done by the very best.

Add it all up and the choice becomes obvious, the same choice made by airports for many years in the Fort Worth area: Keith’s Tractor and Mowing Services in Fort Worth.

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Acreage Mowing

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Acreage Mowing Services

Mowing lots of one acre or more is our specialty.

Large residential lots, pasture grass, farms, and ranches, that’s where you’ll find us.

Rough mowing and fine mowing, we thrive on it all.

One-time jobs or yearly contracts, we’ll work with you.

Move rock piles or clear brush, we have the equipment to do it all.

We are Keith’s Tractor Mowing Services, born and bred in Tarrant County, and proud of it.

A commercial tractor mowing company is only as good as its equipment, and we use, primarily, two pieces of equipment known for tackling the big jobs, the John Deere 4320 and the TORO 5910. The John Deere 4320 handles the tough jobs, and with a skid steer nothing stands in its way. The TORO is for finer mowing, and it can handle 100 acres in a day with precision-cutting.

A tractor mowing company is only as good as its personnel and ownership, and with twenty years of business ownership in Tarrant County, Keith Sturgeon, owner of Keith’s Tractor Mowing Services is Texas through and through. This isn’t some national conglomerate headquartered in New York City. This isn’t some multi-national corporation headquartered in Shanghai. Keith’s is locally owned, Fort Worth all the way, one neighbor cutting the grass for another neighbor, old-fashioned, down-home localism at its finest.

What should you expect from a tractor mowing company if you have acreage to mow?

You should expect punctuality, be there on time, no delays, no excuses. You should expect the job to be done in a reasonable amount of time, industry standards, in and out with expediency. You should expect competitive pricing, not necessarily the cheapest, but competitive and fair.

What else should you expect? You should expect integrity and honesty, the backbone of American labor since the beginning of this country, a willingness to get in there and tackle a tough job, and a commitment to do the job agreed upon to the best of your abilities. You should expect friendly service, a smile, a handshake, a gratefulness for the business exchanged, and you should expect a company which will go the extra mile and leave no stone unturned in delivering on a business transaction.

And that is what you get with Keith’s Tractor Mowing Services . . .the extra mile!

Good tractor mowing services don’t just cut grass. They don’t just move a brush hog or brush mower around a piece of property, put in a few hours, and call it a day. Good tractor mowing companies treat a piece of acreage as if it was their own, and that makes all the difference between a good one and the mediocre.

Give us a call. Ask us for a quote on your acreage. We’ll come out, take a look, and give you a fair, competitive quote and a realistic time frame . . . and we’ll give you one other thing . . . a promise to do the absolutely best tractor mowing job possible!

We simply don’t know how to do it differently!

Code Enforcement

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Code Enforcement Mowing

There are three things to understand regarding our code enforcement services:

One, we work closely with local municipal code enforcement officers to keep your property mowed properly.

Two, we can respond within 24 hours for citations of improperly mowed grass.

And Three, we have the equipment necessary to bring any property up to code in short order.

Let’s cover each of these points.

Keith’s Tractor and Mowing Service covers an area within seventy-five miles of Fort Worth. That means we cover Arlington, we cover Grapevine, we cover Kennedale, and we cover Haltom City, Saginaw, and Irving. All told there are probably twenty or more government agencies we work with during a normal work week, and each of those government agencies has their own codes with regards to grass mowing. Not only that, but those codes can change during a year, so working closely with code enforcement officers is crucial so that our customers are upholding those codes and in compliance. Just reading and understanding those codes is a complex undertaking for most business owners, so we take that hassle off the board for you.

We do that and we do that well.

24-hour service on code citations and violations? Show us another company that can make that claim, and back it up with reliability, and we’ll give that company a standing ovation. You call us up, tell us you’ve been served with a citation, and within one work day we will be there to handle the problem and get you up-to-code. For any business time is money, and that kind of response time can mean the difference between paying a hefty fine and not paying, and that is money in your bank.

Finally, none of this would be possible without the proper equipment to make it all work. For the majority of these jobs we use the TORO 5910, the industry leader in quality cutting. The TORO can mow 100 acres per day with a 16-foot cutting width. It can mow closely around trees and other obstacles, and it can turn 180 degrees without uncut grass in its wake. No other industrial mower can make those claims, and those claims guarantee a close cut in accordance with any municipal code.

Those three claims add up to this: If you find yourself with a code enforcement, and delay in responding to a citation can mean a hefty fine, Keith’s Tractor and Mowing Service should be the first phone call you make.

Keith Sturgeon has been a member of the Fort Worth business community for over twenty years and has built a reputation upon his friendly service and attention to detail. The success of his business is predicated upon his ability to work well with a wide variety of governmental agencies, and his track record suggests that he does his job well.

Isn’t that the type of person you want in your corner if you find yourself with a code enforcement problem?

Keith’s Tractor and Mowing Service . . . the right company when precision is what you seek.

Government

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Municipal, County, State

We provide tractor mowing services for water treatment facilities, parks, recreational venues, right-of-ways, pipelines, channels, railroads, and military sites.   We would not be able to do so, and to obtain those contracts, without strict adherence to city and country codes.

We at Keith’s Tractor and Mowing Service work closely with local clerks to ensure that the job we provide for you meet all standards and regulations. It is our friendly customer service and our outstanding quality of work which keeps us in business, and it is our commitment to continue to provide that type of service to each of our customers.

Keith’s Tractor and Mowing Service is owned and operated by Keith Sturgeon, a life-long resident of Fort Worth and successful member of the Fort Worth business community for more than twenty years. The name “Sturgeon” is synonymous in Fort Worth with quality and trustworthiness, and that explains how Keith has been able to continually garner contracts with government agencies throughout the Greater Fort Worth area.

There are many commercial mowers in the Fort Worth Metroplex, all with a knowledge of acreage mowing. They all know how to cut grass. They all have good, reliable equipment, and they all the finer points of land clearing. But few understand the guidelines for doing governments jobs in each municipality, and fewer still understand the intricacies of doing a job within a reasonable time frame while still following each and every municipal code.

And those codes change with each municipality. Keith’s Tractor and Mowing Service offers service anywhere within a 75 mile radius of Fort Worth, meaning Saginaw, Kennedale, Grapevine, Haltom City, Arlington . . . all of Tarrant County . . . and each of those cities and towns have different policies with regards to land clearing and commercial grass cutting. In other words, tractor mowing for a park in Saginaw requires specialized knowledge as does right-of-way cutting in Grapevine as does a railroad in the Alliance area.

And yet we have secured the trust in all of those areas to do the specific tractor mowing jobs they need done.

That kind of trust does not happen overnight, and it is not a random occurrence.

Most municipal mowing jobs require specific equipment which can be trusted to do the job in a professional manner, and at Keith’s we rely on the TORO 5910 to do the job. Just some of the advantages of the TORO are:

  • Best suited for grass lower than knee high
  • Idea for regular mowing jobs
  • Can mow 17 acres an hours and 100+ acres per day
  • 16 foot cutting width
  • Perfect to mow municipal parks & sports complex
  • Mow closely around trees & other obstacles
  • Can turn 180 degrees without uncut grass

In other words, our equipment does a neat, professional job quickly so that the area mowed can be used as soon as possible with no lengthy delays, an important consideration when mowing any governmental piece of property.

Add it all up and you can only come to one conclusion:   For the absolute best in tractor mowing for local government jobs, Keith’s Tractor and Mowing Service is the name to remember.

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