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Old 10-27-2003, 01:00 AM
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5 year leaf removal

How would you go about removing 5 years worth of leaves on a 1/2 acre lot. I only have a craftsman lawn tractor, two push mower and rakes. They all are capable of bagging. Would you just mulch it or what? I need to know the easiest way. Or what you would do
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Old 10-27-2003, 01:10 AM
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More details about what the property is and what owner wants it to be next year would help with the decision process.
If it's really 5 years worth, does that mean completely covered and now grass growth, only thick decaying layers of leaves are there now?
Is this an open lot or a residence?
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Old 10-27-2003, 08:39 AM
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It is a residential lot. He plans on using me all next year. The reason why it is so bad is because they bought the house as a foreclosure last year and the whole yard went to crap over the years before they got it. The owner said it is too much for him and he don't have any time. He has too many honey-do project. He wants to redo a retaining wall next year as well as redoing flower beds, reseading with a shade tolerent grass seed. He is a really nice guy and wants me to do everything in the yard.
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Old 10-27-2003, 08:50 AM
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Bobcat. If you need to, rent it. Charge for a complete renovation.
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Old 10-27-2003, 09:04 AM
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If you are reseading next year and there is almost no grass now (probably) just rent a big tiller and till it under. The leaves will be great compost. till it , grade it, moybe seel them a sprinkler system. and seed in the spring.
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Old 10-27-2003, 09:38 AM
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Could I not just scalp it. I know he wont go for a total redo. He just wants to do one thing at a time. Then go from there.
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Old 10-27-2003, 09:40 AM
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Mulch the heck out of the newest layer of leaves, do a serious tilling, caution on pricing ahead of time on this portion if there's any concern about roots, then reseed, ought to consider sodding with St Aug.
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Old 10-27-2003, 09:46 AM
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5 years of buildup??? Is there any grass left?

If you want to save the grass do not mulch the leaves. Mulching only works if you do it multiple times during the fall season.

I don't think your mowers will get the leaves out. Get a powerful backpack (rent for ~50) or just use rakes (metal) get all the leaves out and tarp them out. If you want, use the rake to get the leaves out and try to use your 21 w/ bag to clean them out.
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Old 10-27-2003, 09:51 AM
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i would sask the owner what he is expecting. and go from there. if he is expecting great grass next year i bet you will have to renovate.
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Old 10-27-2003, 09:54 AM
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We have talked price and it is around $200.
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