Fall Leaf Cleanup - How I Do It

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Darryl G, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    I did an intermin fall cleanup today and took some pics to demonstrate how I do it these days. The property had last been serviced 16 days ago at which point I did a mow an initial intermim cleanup - filled the double bagger 3 times at that point.

    I hear a lot of guys talking about waiting until all the leaves are down before doing a cleanup. That's not how I do it. I keep doing maintenance mowing/cleanups on all my properties at intervals from weekly to every 2 or 3 weeks. I really don't like to let the leaves sit on the lawn...unsightly and smothers it and I can't be everywhere all at once after the last leaves drop and before winter comes. This property gets a lot of leaves. There's still a lot on the trees at this point. No way I'm going to let them get all wet and matted.

    The process: pre-blow leaves into area accessible to mower, grind up a bit, bag, dump to dump trailer. Sometimes I'll dump them on a tarp and drap that up. Most of the time I'll just ride the mower up to the trailer. I do portions at a time in case something breaks down or it rains. So first I did the entire front, then moved on to the back.

    Well here's some pics. #1 front side yard, #2 left rear, #3 rear, #4 rear, #5 front after pre-blow with backpack blower

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  2. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    #1 & 2 more front after pre-blow, #3- 5 front after cleanup with mower bagger

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    Last edited: Oct 25, 2010
  3. Green Industry Pro

    Green Industry Pro LawnSite Senior Member
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    Sweet pics Darryl. What blowers do you use and what kind of blades do you have on your z?
     
  4. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    More pics. #1 another of front after cleanup with mower, #2 mower and leaves from front in trailer, #3 close up of leaves from front, #4 rear after pre-blow with backpack and 10HP wheel blower, #5 rear pile after pre-blow

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  5. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    Blower is Shindaiwa EB 630 (my old one since leaves were dry - newer one has a little more power) and 10 HP Billy Goat. Mower is 2003 52 inch Lazer Z HP witht the 23 Kawi and Ultravac (got a hole in plastic housing blowing crap in my face :(

    Final set of pic #1 tools used, besides the mower, #2 total amout of shredded leaves collected (about 1/2 7 x 12 trailer full, #3 me with Billy Goat holding my cam, and #4 ready to roll.

    The purpose of this is to demonstrate one way to do a fall cleanup. I've done this property for several years and tried it every way there is....the way I did it today, hauling the leaves out in bulk primarly and using a leaf loader primarily. For the pile from the rear I wouldn't have minded having a leaf loader out there.

    So any guesses on how long this took me and what should I charge, lol. I already know how long it took and what I'm going to charge but thought I'd give y'all something to talk about, lol.

    And before anyone comments. I DIDN'T TRIM THE SHRUBS - an out of work neighbor did!

    Oh, blades are gators.

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    Last edited: Oct 25, 2010
  6. unit28

    unit28 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'd say 2 hours ...including drive time.
     
  7. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    If you can do that, you're hired. I'll even pay for your flight, lol.
     
  8. Green Industry Pro

    Green Industry Pro LawnSite Senior Member
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    How much help did you have? Was it just you or did you have a 3-4 man crew?
     
  9. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    Just me. No help at the moment. One 48 year old man.
     
  10. Green Industry Pro

    Green Industry Pro LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hmmm.how long did it take? hmmmmm? Btw, nice job going solo, thats a lot of work for just one guy.
     

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