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Old 01-23-2011, 11:28 PM
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haha c'mon guys easy on him! lol. If your using the straw for mulch for seeding purposes id leave the clippings. Might trick the customer into thinking your grass or whatever your wanting is growing rapidly! Completly kidding! no i use a "blue plastic like rug" commonly referred to as a tarp. It does the trick.
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Old 01-24-2011, 09:51 AM
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I use old bed sheets, I have a ton of them.
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Old 01-24-2011, 01:04 PM
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I second the old sheets. Usually 2 around the base of the shrub. I think they are better than tarps. jmo
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Old 01-28-2011, 07:23 AM
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The best thing you can do is prune them before they really need it. I suggest a quick buzz every 2 weeks or so and the amount of clippings to pick up is minimal.
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Old 01-28-2011, 04:56 PM
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bed sheets and hand blower/vac for anything left
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Old 01-28-2011, 10:03 PM
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The best thing you can do is prune them before they really need it. I suggest a quick buzz every 2 weeks or so and the amount of clippings to pick up is minimal.
LOL... You really trim your customers bushes every 2 weeks?
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Old 01-28-2011, 11:01 PM
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LOL... You really trim your customers bushes every 2 weeks?
Yes, not every single shrub, but I will do a row this week and another one the next...its much easier to take an inch or two than to take 8" off and have to cleanup a mess.
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Old 01-31-2011, 02:37 PM
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Yes, not every single shrub, but I will do a row this week and another one the next...its much easier to take an inch or two than to take 8" off and have to cleanup a mess.
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I concur. Takes 5mins every couple of weeks in the heat. They always look sharp. The few tiny leaves you nip away disappear. Its built into the full service price so their is no haggling over clean up bills. Its a Florida thing man.
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Old 01-31-2011, 08:01 PM
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Pine straw usually packs down pretty well. This is where your backpack blower volume rating comes in real handy. It's the volume that does the work and moves stuff and not the air speed.

Get in there with the blower nozzle and blow it out into the lawn area where you can rake it up. I even use the house itself (or structure) to deflect the air flow to push the shrub cuttings outward. A tarp is somewhat helpful but i find it misses a lot. You can't cover what falls down inside or even behind the shrub row until you have trimmed already and opened some space between the shrub row and house. I get too aggravated at trying to keep moving the tarp and stepping over it etc. If I have room then I just blow it into a pile on the lawn. Pick/rake up what I can, then mow afterwards to do a final cleaning. A bed sheet is also good as mentioned. Use a combination of techniques for the situation if you want. Whatever works for you. Just my 2 cents....
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Old 02-01-2011, 12:32 AM
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I concur. Takes 5mins every couple of weeks in the heat. They always look sharp. The few tiny leaves you nip away disappear. Its built into the full service price so their is no haggling over clean up bills. Its a Florida thing man.
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That's how it is done in Hawaii as well. I never heard of letting shrubs or hedges overgrow 8". Let something overgrow that much here and you are out of a job. People expect you to trim shrubs and hedges every month if not more often.
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