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Experience 10 horse leaf removal LOL

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by topsites, Nov 20, 2006.

  1. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    Notes: Total time to clean the below area was about 20 minutes, which included taking pictures.
    The time between pictures is 1-2 minutes, usually a pass or two.

    First I outline the area with the backpack, ready it on up:

    1 pass, less than 60 seconds later:

    The actual process of what happens in seconds flat:
    If 4-5 seconds later, Whoooosh:

    Continued ...
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    4-5 minutes from the start:


    This is what's left, it's getting thick:

    One more pass, punch a hole right through this nonsense:

    By now, 12-15 minutes into it:

    Almost waist-high, PITA but not for 10 horses...

    Almost done ...
    18-20 minutes later:

    Blam, the other side took another 30, then a quick second time over with the backpack and the mower, all in all 80 minutes.
  3. Idealtim

    Idealtim LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 939

    Any type of leaf plow would have made short work of the waist high piles.
  4. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,496

    That's funny...I was thinking the same thing as I was scrolling down the thread, and then I reached the bottom and read that. :)
  5. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,850

    Add a leaf blower buggy to the back of a Z and the plow on the front and you can make *really* short work of that. You still need to use the BP to get stuff out from the edges/beds but after that I can sit on my duff at least.
  6. Dunn's

    Dunn's LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,546

    Just curious everyone. What do you all get for this size and kind of clean-up? Where you just push it all into the woods. I only ask because we don't have any properties like this. To give me a heads up if we ever do.Thanks in advance for any replies and oh yeah sorry for hi-jacking your thread TOP.
  7. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Posts: 3,065

    My hand held's could move that little pyle of nice dry leaves,lol Try moving 10 times that amount and soaking wet leaves to boot. We just finished our 3rd and final gigantic fall clean up. It took us 6+ hours on two of the properties and 11hrs on one of the properties and dumping the 1 ton dump with a huge leaf box a few times, my back is still killing me:cry:
  8. brucec32

    brucec32 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,403

    And as a bonus, this tactic creates repeat business! The leaves will just blow back in the lawn from the woods, creating more work for later! And then there's the mowing work that still needs to be done!

  9. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,496

    I'd take it to the edge of the yard, mulch the pile (row) up, and then shoot it into the woods as a near dust.
  10. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    I spent quite a few years blowing leaves into the woods and I found that if you get them blown back right very few if any blow back onto the lawn. Now if you have a 200 MPH wind blowing from the wrong direction that's another story.

    Nice job there topsites. It probably would have taken a good bit less time if the grass was cut to a shorter height. That was the first thing I ever learned about cleaning up leaves.

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