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Old 07-23-2012, 12:42 AM
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How to speed up time of picking up leaves from pruning shrubs?

When I prune shrubs a lot of leaves tend to fall off and that might be typical. I have tried several methods to quickly remove the leaves such as racking them up slowly and/or mildly blowing them out and using hand. Are there other techniques I can use to speed up time doing that. And is the goal to pick up every single falling leave or just the majority.
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Old 07-23-2012, 01:01 AM
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TARPS! I make my guys use them on all shrub jobs.
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Old 07-23-2012, 01:57 AM
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I blow clippings in the grass and mulch them with my mower....
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Tried that! got complaints from customers about too many clippings left in beds, also end up blowing too much mulch or pine straw out, so I made the call to go to tarps, customers are happier and I'm happier.
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Old 07-23-2012, 08:41 AM
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Tried that! got complaints from customers about too many clippings left in beds, also end up blowing too much mulch or pine straw out, so I made the call to go to tarps, customers are happier and I'm happier.
Yea, if you have pine straw, it won't work. A lot of places here typically mulch 2x/yr so it doesn't matter as much regarding that.
Or, the beds are all dirt.
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:02 AM
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The only thing I didn't try yet is a tarp but it seems like it would be best way to do it.

wrap the flower bed in tarps go to town on the shrub and peel tarp ! off you go to the next job.
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:42 AM
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TARPS! I make my guys use them on all shrub jobs.
some bed are bigger and smaller. Do you use different size tarps or small ones and prune as you go?
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Old 07-23-2012, 10:30 AM
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Tarps rock! I use at least three. two to wrap around each side of the bottom and one larger one placed on the lawn to dump the debris in as I go. When it gets alot on it I drag it to the trailer.
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I used my Billy Goat lawn vac to pick up the leaves after I'm done trimming bush!
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I used my Billy Goat lawn vac to pick up the leaves after I'm done trimming bush!
do you use the hose to get in the beds? I was curious to how much suction those generate with the hose option?
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