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Old 10-20-2006, 05:03 PM
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Man do i have it made!

I'm a solo operator who mulches leaves weekly til they are gone.All smaller properties.Then a final clean-up if needed in the end.All debris is left at properties.I haul nothing!!!!In other words,i'm always caught up.Oh yea!I've got it made.Excuse me i'm off to play my drums and guitar!
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Old 10-20-2006, 05:05 PM
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ok..... have fun Ringo
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Old 10-20-2006, 06:34 PM
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I'm a solo operator who mulches leaves weekly til they are gone.All smaller properties.Then a final clean-up if needed in the end.All debris is left at properties.I haul nothing!!!!In other words,i'm always caught up.Oh yea!I've got it made.Excuse me i'm off to play my drums and guitar!
do you charge extra to constantly mulch the leaves? if not, youre leaving leaf cleanup money on the table.
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Old 10-20-2006, 09:28 PM
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I mulch em up too. I hate leaf cleanups don't care how much money is left on the table. Time to play.
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Old 10-20-2006, 09:59 PM
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I do the same thing.

You can get by with this for your existing customer base.
But I don't think it is realistic for those offering "leaf services"
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I agree..I mulch what I can and charge extra to clean out beds and haul away ...I pretty much try to take care of my regular customers and make extra $$$ on the ones who only call for leaf clean ups....and even then I mulch them if at all possible
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Old 10-20-2006, 11:43 PM
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You would have mulch 6 inches deep in this area if you tried doing that. We will for a while and then it's time to suck them up. Lots of hard wood here.
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Old 10-20-2006, 11:46 PM
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LOL..thank god for urban sprawl in this area ...trees but no real heavy woods to deal with . I only have one property that gets heavy leaves ....and I am lucky to get to suck them up and dump in the woods.
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Question? I was just wondering, mulching leaves would make the soil more acidic. Then you will eventually need lime to balance the PH. I am not educated much in this area but this is what comes to mind.

I do the same thing, I usually side discharge in wooded lots going counter clockwise and blowing them into the forest. A portion of them are mulched pretty good though. I live in the middle of a wooded lot and have tons of leaves and so do a few customers of mine. I'm sure most of you couldn't get by with this method but I live out in the country. Any way after a couple of years of this you notice the growth of moss which is a sign of acidic soil if I understand correctly (no expert here). Your thoughts? Remember I'm speaking from a novices point of view on this.
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Old 10-21-2006, 12:21 AM
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Question? I was just wondering, mulching leaves would make the soil more acidic. Then you will eventually need lime to balance the PH. I am not educated much in this area but this is what comes to mind.

I do the same thing, I usually side discharge in wooded lots going counter clockwise and blowing them into the forest. A portion of them are mulched pretty good though. I live in the middle of a wooded lot and have tons of leaves and so do a few customers of mine. I'm sure most of you couldn't get by with this method but I live out in the country. Any way after a couple of years of this you notice the growth of moss which is a sign of acidic soil if I understand correctly (no expert here). Your thoughts? Remember I'm speaking from a novices point of view on this.
No, you are correct, it is not good for the turf to always mulch leaves, thou a light cover doesn't affect ph much, by light I mean there are a few leaves and you can still see plenty of grass in between.

Then, it gets to a point the stuff is several inches deep... You can't just mulch all that, for one it makes a big mess and dust gets into everything, but now the effect on the ph will hurt or kill the lawn over time.

As for me, I like my 10hp push blower, fixing to change the oil in it tomorrow.
I still get it all the time:
Customer: Are you sure you're going to be ok with the leaf cleanup?
Me: Oh yeah, no problem, 2-4 hours max.
Customer: You want to use my machine?
Me: No thanks, I have a pushblower.
Customer: Seriously, you're more than welcome to!
Me: nah it'll be alrite (while I'm thinking I can't wait, they're thinking I'm either done or crazy lol).
Then the big day arrives.
As predicted, 2-4 hours later I am done.
Customer: Wow that machine gets the job DONE don't it?
Me: heheh, yeah...

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