Fall Cleanup Ideas?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by sr73087, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. sr73087

    sr73087 LawnSite Member
    from PA
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    So I have 1.2 acres of property around my house, probably 50 % of it is wooded and the rest is partly clear with a few trees scattered here and there. Anyway I moved here last summer and fall cleanup is a nightmare. Right now I am basically just using my hand blower and blowing the leaves into a BIG pile in the woods (probably going to use them as compost but thats a different issue). This takes hours and hours to do and the worst part about it is that I cleaned everything yesterday afternoon and its covered again. I have been looking into more efficient ways of doing this, but want to here a professional opinion on the best way of going about it. I have been looking into leaf vacs, but I am concerned that I may be stuck emptying the bag 20 times before the yard is done and am unsure what kind of volume they can really pick up. Next was the idea of a backpack blower, but I wasn't really sure if this was going to be a big enough upgrade from my hand blower which is a Stihl BG 86CE. Lastly, I was thinking about a walk behind blower. I am not worried really about spending more if it is going to save my alot of time, I really just want to go about this the most time efficent way but still do the work myself.
     
  2. Sprinkler Buddy

    Sprinkler Buddy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
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    Just push them to the tree line with the mower, You'll mulch most of them while pushing them. A lot less back work!
    If the leaves are really heavy, push 1/2 the leaves closest to treeline first, then go back and push the rest over what you had already done to the tree line also.
     
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  3. sr73087

    sr73087 LawnSite Member
    from PA
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    Thats what I planned on doing but it may be too many leaves for the mower just over the course of a week.
     
  4. Sprinkler Buddy

    Sprinkler Buddy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
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    When they are really falling, it may require it done more often. They fall off rather quickly, stay on top of it and you'll thank yourself soon enough. Hire it out a time or two if you need a break. Always a guy out their looking for a quick buck.
     
  5. RSK Property Maintenance

    RSK Property Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
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    well depending on how detailed your landscaping is a stihl b600 will help you a lot, then maybe a little wonder or billy goat push blower, or depending on what kind of mower you have maybe a jrco leaf plow, or depending on how much money you are willing to spend maybe a hurricane 314 ride on blower. I don't know how deep your pockets go, but those will all speed up this job by a lot! a br600 will save you hours over a small stihl hand held blower, but a 9hp or bigger little wonder or billy goat will move even more leaves even quicker, but once you get a pile about 2' high both blower are pretty much useless. so then a jrco leaf plow or dropping the deck on zero turn mower and just pushing the pile into the woods will speed things up a lot. then use the walk behind blower to clean up whats left, and that should save you hours and hours of clean up time. or shell out the money for ride on hydrostatic leaf blower like the hurricane 314 that moves 5000cfm and you back will thank you, your wife will too! you will be able to blow piles 3-4' tall quickly too. but they cost $$$$. good luck!
     
  6. wildstarblazer

    wildstarblazer LawnSite Senior Member
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    Why not just use a riding mower with a mulching plate on the chute, mow weekly and blow any remaining leaves into a pile for composting.until the leaves stop falling.
     
  7. Bagit

    Bagit LawnSite Member
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    Mulch 'n blow! Or just blow with a much more powerful backpack blower.
     
  8. RSK Property Maintenance

    RSK Property Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
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    leaves are to thick for that to work.
    up north the leaves get very thick in heavily wooded areas especially PA. so mulching them probably wouldn't work too well.
     
  9. sr73087

    sr73087 LawnSite Member
    from PA
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    I have been told by a few guys at local mower supply that most of the walk behind and riding mower end up just making a mess. Are some better than others or is it more of a matter of having the mulching blade on there?
     
  10. sr73087

    sr73087 LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Posts: 32

    Thanks alot for all the ideas. I will do my research and let you know how it turns out. This is just what I needed.
     

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