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Old 04-06-2006, 10:18 PM
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Cleanup after using hedge trimmers?

Whats yalls technique for cleanup after a 4-5 hour hedge trimming job?

We just take a rake and rake up the clippings in a plactic garbage can.Theres got to be a faster way.Any suggestions?
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Old 04-06-2006, 10:35 PM
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If its on turf thats about it, on rock or mulch we lay down burlaps and have one guy laying and picking up burlaps, one guy with the pruners on a stick. The timing works great. just grab the 4-corners and dump it then leap frog ahead and lay it down again. On top of most plants/ground covers no problem.
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Old 04-06-2006, 10:38 PM
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Most recently hired employee with rake. That's about it!
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Old 04-06-2006, 11:04 PM
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Old 04-06-2006, 11:59 PM
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yeah use a tarp instead of a trashcan, get a dernier or cordura one.
the backpack blower can help but only sometimes.

do like one guy was bragging here last year, and double and triple-cut the clippings before they fall to the ground so they disappear on their own (but I never figured this out, and yes I tried lol).
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Old 04-07-2006, 12:05 AM
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Blower and a Walker. The fastest way
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Old 04-07-2006, 05:44 AM
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Carefully rake up the bulk so as not to disturb the mulch or stones, then carefully use a blower to clean up the little stuff.
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Old 04-07-2006, 06:18 AM
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if it is on grass we I use mowers with double high lifts and the bagger.....I have to run over it a few times but it works pretty well. If it is in a mulched area I use rakes and blowers which raises the price a bit....

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Old 04-07-2006, 07:43 AM
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I mulch them with a mower and blow whats left under the shrubs
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Old 04-07-2006, 09:04 AM
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Cleanup strategy depends upon the bush and what is underneath for a surface. For yew bushes, I always use tarps. Most of the time, the bushes are over bark mulch. The trimmings are far too difficult to get out of the mulch. Likewise if the bushes are in the midst of a ground cover -- never able to get the clippings out of the ground cover. To be sure, handling the tarps takes time, but trying to get the clippings out of the mulch takes time too. And, when many of the clippings still remain, the job looks terrible.

However, burning bush clippings, Canadian hemlocks, bayberry, over a hardened surface of mulch -- rakes and blower works fine.

I never drag the clippings to the turf and mulch down and leave, or leave clippings under the bushes. I know I see some homeowners take little care in cleanup and the resulting look is terrible. To hire somebody to do the job, and then to leave a mess demonstrates lack of pride and no interest quality of result.
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