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mowZ06
10-29-2010, 08:21 PM
Anyone have jobs where they drag the leaves with big tarps with backyards far from the street. This yard is full of hickory and oaks. Im lucky the city takes them away from the curb. I filled the whole island completey around out front this time. Still not done they have a pool area that is fenced in and its covered also.
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ohdad34
10-29-2010, 08:49 PM
Anyone have jobs where they drag the leaves with big tarps with backyards far from the street. This yard is full of hickory and oaks. Im lucky the city takes them away from the curb. I filled the whole island completey around out front this time. Still not done they have a pool area that is fenced in and its covered also.
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dude, tell me you're not pulling that tarp by hand when you have that Laser. you're kidding right? Uhmm, drop the deck and push the leaves with the laser. It acts much like a 60" bulldozer. Now mind you, certain leaves and wetness decides how successful this will be but tell me you will at least try it before you pull your next tarp to the street? Please, do yourself a huge favor.

dKoester
10-29-2010, 08:59 PM
Pull the tarp full of leaves. Its way easier. Use the eyelets.

ohdad34
10-29-2010, 09:07 PM
Pull the tarp full of leaves. Its way easier. Use the eyelets.

By hand? with the mower? If with mower do you hook and unhook each time to the street?

mowZ06
10-29-2010, 09:10 PM
The mower is doing the pulling. I have a large brass hook that is easy to release hooked to a rope thru the eyelets. No way would I pull that by hand.

M&S_Lawncare
10-29-2010, 10:05 PM
Could make more $$$ by either hauling them or getting a vac system. You would not have them unsightly piles hanging out in the front to blow back in when the winds pick up and the lazy city guys dont come by to get them !!!!

Like said before drop the deck and push them to the road and save your tarp to cover them when you haul them away and make the $$$$$

mowZ06
10-29-2010, 10:27 PM
Pushing them makes no sense. The back yard is in a low area and to far away anyway from the road. To many to haul away and to much trouble and time involved to do that.

Mowbizz
10-30-2010, 09:14 AM
I agree that trying to "push" with the mower is a waste of time on a job like this...maybe on some jobs it would work but here the mower would be leaving so many behind on each push you would be going back and forth like a maniac trying to get them all. A big tarp and pulling them with your mower is a best method in this situation. Then just bag the leftover leaves and you're done.
A walk behind blower would also be a help in this situation rather than tarping.
Once you get your major pile out by the street you could use the mower to concentrate the piles by pushing them together.
No matter what leaves may need to be handled differently on any given property.
One question...how long do the leaves sit in the street before the city takes them? that could be a major pain on a windy day with them sitting there!

mowZ06
10-30-2010, 07:13 PM
I agree that trying to "push" with the mower is a waste of time on a job like this...maybe on some jobs it would work but here the mower would be leaving so many behind on each push you would be going back and forth like a maniac trying to get them all. A big tarp and pulling them with your mower is a best method in this situation. Then just bag the leftover leaves and you're done.
A walk behind blower would also be a help in this situation rather than tarping.
Once you get your major pile out by the street you could use the mower to concentrate the piles by pushing them together.
No matter what leaves may need to be handled differently on any given property.
One question...how long do the leaves sit in the street before the city takes them? that could be a major pain on a windy day with them sitting there!

They pick them up every few days. I used my back pack blower and made some strips that helped also. The job went pretty smooth actually. Wait till you see the pool area I have to clean and pull tarps thru a small fence door.

ohdad34
10-31-2010, 05:15 AM
I agree that trying to "push" with the mower is a waste of time on a job like this...maybe on some jobs it would work but here the mower would be leaving so many behind on each push you would be going back and forth like a maniac trying to get them all. A big tarp and pulling them with your mower is a best method in this situation. Then just bag the leftover leaves and you're done.
A walk behind blower would also be a help in this situation rather than tarping.
Once you get your major pile out by the street you could use the mower to concentrate the piles by pushing them together.
No matter what leaves may need to be handled differently on any given property.
One question...how long do the leaves sit in the street before the city takes them? that could be a major pain on a windy day with them sitting there!

See, apparrently you guys have no experience pushing leaves. When the piles are too big for the blower, no matter what kind of blower you have, I can push two tarp fulls by the time you mess around with your tarp. The pile builds as you push and the guy running the blower gets whats left. I'm not pushing two inches of leaves? Two or three feet! But whatever, keep on tarping! I stopped tarping about 1990. Yes, I use a backpack and a walk-behind blower.

mowZ06
10-31-2010, 08:45 AM
Your right I have no experience in pushing leaves because it would not work on most of my yards. You must have some small and very easy yards to service. Some of my yards are huge on golf courses and very far from the road. If I stopped tarping and bagging the way I do I would have to cancell out some very good customers.I have done this type of work for many years. I invite you to come over to this yard above and push leaves to the street up a narrow path and up hill over tree roots. I would bet I could clean this back yard faster with my lazer bagger unit and tarp then your pushing method. I take that back I know my way is more productive then your pushing method. It took me about 45 minutes give or take to do this area. This yard also has ivy beds ,large ivy beds that look the same way with leaves. I have to back pack blow them out but whatever works for you is great not my style though.

stan the man
10-31-2010, 09:01 AM
my yards are all big . i have try pushing leaves but my yard are so big it was more work to me. they do make leaf pusher of the front of mower have not use one.have any of you guy use one

mowZ06
10-31-2010, 11:38 AM
my yards are all big . i have try pushing leaves but my yard are so big it was more work to me. they do make leaf pusher of the front of mower have not use one.have any of you guy use one

Unless you have the perfect yard situation for pushing leaves it will not benefit you.

flatlander42
10-31-2010, 10:40 PM
So do you mow them and dump your bagger on the tarp? That is almost what it looks like. I am glad that out here there is not that many leaves.

ohdad34
11-01-2010, 05:33 AM
Unless you have the perfect yard situation for pushing leaves it will not benefit you.

Yeah, I should've said that I dont push everywhere, obviously you can't. But in the pic, to me, there was a very clear path that could've been taken to the street. When I can't push them or blow them to where I can load them, I grind them up almost to nothing, then bag them.

MnGreen
11-01-2010, 06:14 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xax7LUzI1EQ&feature=related

mowZ06
11-01-2010, 09:32 AM
So do you mow them and dump your bagger on the tarp? That is almost what it looks like. I am glad that out here there is not that many leaves.

Yes mow/bag then dump on large tarp that will hold 4-5 dumps then mow/bag up one more hopper full then hook up tarp ,pull to the street and repeat. I think it took 3 or 4 tarps to do this one area. It works very well for this yard because of the distance to and from the street. Like I said it took only around 45 minutes to get it all done. Dont hate the leaves. They bring in some good business fall season $$$

Mowbizz
11-01-2010, 09:35 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xax7LUzI1EQ&feature=related

He's gonna be there a looooooong time sucking one leaf at a time...;)

mowZ06
11-01-2010, 09:38 AM
Yeah, I should've said that I dont push everywhere, obviously you can't. But in the pic, to me, there was a very clear path that could've been taken to the street. When I can't push them or blow them to where I can load them, I grind them up almost to nothing, then bag them.

As you can see way to many to mow up and leave on the yard and that path is all up hill over some nice tree roots. Im heading back today to finish the pool area and back ivy beds as soon as this heavy frost clears.

mowZ06
11-01-2010, 09:27 PM
Well here is the pool area that is all fenced in right in a middle of a woods. Blow,rake,tarp and pull out thru a small gate. For the person who said they have not used a tarp since 1990 you would not being doing this job,lol. It took 2-3 hours because of all the leaves in all the ivy and low area beds. Its not an easy job to get em to the curb.
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mowZ06
11-01-2010, 09:30 PM
and the fence has a heavy duty wire closing it all in so leaves wont blow thru or I would. The side walk in the first pic is the only way in and out to the front. It has a top level patio also that is always fun,but hey its $$$

Peter93
11-01-2010, 09:47 PM
how much did you get for all that? Is that the norm in your area?

ohdad34
11-01-2010, 09:52 PM
Yeah, looks good! Fences definitely do require tarps. I would've had to do that so my 20 year streak wouldve been broken. Guess I've just been lucky. I have back yards like that, and back yards in fences, just not the configuration like yours. Different situations require different methods, like we all know.

mowZ06
11-01-2010, 10:08 PM
When its all done and over with its close to 1000.00 for a total fall clean up. Just a few of my accounts are close to this. Actually this is the worst one as far has difficulty and time. Well now Im thinking about I have one more that is huge but is easier to do with more leaves.