Cleaning Up Leaves The Simple Way

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by ed2hess, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I'd use a larger mower on a big job.....ill work for 55 bucks an hour all day long thanks...my guys knocked out an acre and a half in 6 manhours , one guy blowing, one guy trimming and the other using a 48 inch mower....got a good compliment on it too.no haul off was abonus:waving:
     
  2. echo

    echo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    An acre and a half for 3 guys in 6 hours is the opposite of cost effective. An acre and a half with 3 guys should be less than 2 hours. If you guys are happy taking that long to do 1 cleanup thats great, but with the proper equipment, 2 guys could do 3 of those jobs in a 6-8hour day.
     
  3. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
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    3 guys x 2 hours = 6 manours ...my guys could do maybe 4 in an 8 hour day
     
  4. echo

    echo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    There's obviously no helping you. You would take days doing a large lot like in the pics. If that small pile took you 30-35 minutes there's no way you're doing 4, 1.5 heavily covered areas in an 8 hour day...unless you're doing palm trees. The proof is in your pics.
     
  5. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Guess so...wish i had a camera on my head over the last 30 years I've been at it to show you...
    How about you telling us all about it, and how to do things quickly and making lots of dough....we sure would like to learn from a PRO :waving:
     
  6. echo

    echo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Not a pro. It's just easy to see that if 4 bags of leaves takes you 30-35 minutes to mulch that the lots in the pics would take you days. If that's how you like to do business, great, it's just not the way to make the most of your time and money.
     
  7. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
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    There is more involved in making the lawn look nice, than simply raking up tye leaves.

    i could have blown the leaves out of the beds and raked the pile up and bagged them.....it would have left the yard looking haggard...it needed a slight cut as it had been afew weeks since last sevice.

    .doubtful would most anyone do the front and back, also edging, trimming the yard faster than 35 minutes. Even if i bagged, I'd have to stop to empty the bag and then haul off...
    Fyi i raked the leaves i blew from the beds to demk show how easy it was...
    I posted a few links to other small cleanups, that had lots more leaves....

    Good luck with the hauling off of leaves...
     
  8. echo

    echo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It's just quicker and more profitable is all. That's why the equipment is made. No sense in taking days to do what can be done in hours. Sounds like you need a bigger trailer or let the homeowner put them out for the garbageman. As one poster said, they could have been bagged and gone in a few minutes rather than mulching for 35 which is what you said. Just trying to help.
     
  9. You don't live in the south though. It's different down here. We don't invest in leaf equipment bc we can take care of leaves throughout the whole winter cause we work through the whole winter. Nobody down here has leaf equipment bc it isn't necessary.
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  10. echo

    echo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Fair enough, however, the original post was that the huge leaf jobs in the pics could be mulched up in a few hours. It's just not possible to do it that quickly or equipment wouldn't be needed to do it quickly and be profitable. When it comes to time, it's always quicker to mulch and remove than it is to completely mulch the leaves. Most everybody runs over them, chews them up, and then discards them. It's just the best way, especially in cold, wet conditions.
     

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