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Old 07-19-2009, 09:55 PM
dwight1moore dwight1moore is offline
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How do i go about Leaf Removal

First year in the business doing Lawncare and was thinking about what i can do this fall and winter when there is no grass to mow. I know there is always leaf removal but not sure how to go about this. I know there is the old fashioned way with a rake and trash bags but what other ways is there? i have also seen lawn sweepers... Is this a efficient way? I thought about adding higher sides to my 5x8 trailer to hold several bags of leaves.

Also what other fall and winter services could i offer?

Thanks for your thoughts and ideas in advance.
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Old 07-19-2009, 11:42 PM
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good luck making any money with a rake. get some nice BP blowers a truck loader/dump trailer. maybe a leaf plow if you have a WB. i have a lawn vac that i use for parking lots but other then that i make most of my money with a blower/mower/truck loader. you gotta spend money to make money. the only way to make good money with leaf removal is to work quick and efficient.
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Old 07-20-2009, 12:05 AM
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I agree, backpack blower is a must.
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Old 07-20-2009, 12:10 AM
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Put a mulching kit on a big mower and turn them to dust. No time wasted moving leaves to a pile, loading them, and dumping them somewhere.
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Old 07-20-2009, 12:11 AM
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you should come up to NH we cant just mulch the leaves down. we can make piles big enough to bury trucks off a quarter acre lot
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Old 07-20-2009, 12:19 AM
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Put a mulching kit on a big mower and turn them to dust. No time wasted moving leaves to a pile, loading them, and dumping them somewhere.
I'm not sure if I feel like that would work in every situation. At least not ones I have been in, the leaves just get so thick. But in other cases, yes, I agree.
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Old 07-20-2009, 10:26 AM
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i got a wb and a blower, dont have a truck loader and the loader sounds like it would be expensive. any other way to get them on the truck?
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Old 07-20-2009, 11:00 AM
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Use a tarp.
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Old 08-26-2009, 03:05 PM
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Lay tarp on ground. Blow leaves on tarp. Pull tarp to truck. Load leaves on truck. Its not rocket science. Use any equipment you have to make it go quicker.
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Old 08-26-2009, 04:09 PM
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Kinda silly that so many people sound so definitive in their answers. Look at the location of each poster. Apples to oranges. I've got props within a couple blocks of each other that are totally different- one neighborhood is new and the trees are not over 10' tall. Watch or ask the people from your area. Generally, though, a lawn-sweeper is a waste of time for leaves.

Some people on here need to use leaf plows. I can't imagine that quantity!... but they can make money on it!!!

For me, if I can't bag or mulch them, I'll quickly gather the heavier concentration of leaves onto a tarp and drag it to the truck. Sometimes I'll use a blower, but often it's just as fast for me to use a large rake.

Again, I just get the thicker stuff that would be inefficient to bag or mulch. I don't get all of them- I save some for the mower.

That's just me.
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