Hedge Clippings

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by cutman2000, May 5, 2012.

  1. cutman2000

    cutman2000 LawnSite Member
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    I see some guys leaving the clippings after trimming hedges. What do you guys do?
    I tried raking and picking them up. The blower was too strong and blew the mulch too.
     
  2. Northern Woodsman

    Northern Woodsman LawnSite Member
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    Rake and remove them and even get on my hands and knees and pick up what the rake leaves behind. Always.
     
  3. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
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    Cleanup the bulk of them and add new mulch.
     
  4. cutman2000

    cutman2000 LawnSite Member
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    You charge them for the additional mulch?
     
  5. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
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    Most of the trimming jobs usually means new mulch to.Yes its extra.
     
  6. cutman2000

    cutman2000 LawnSite Member
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    Also, how often do you trim your client's hedges?
     
  7. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
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    Around here,it's once a year.
     
  8. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    With most bushes getting trimmed once a month during growing season I invested in a Echp ES-255 on each trailer. It takes a little practice to get the trimmings and not the mulch. :usflag:
     
  9. I'm assuming that's a leaf vac. I have a Stihl and love it. Big time saver.
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  10. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    I rake up any long/piled clippings first, then blow the rest out with a backpack blower. It helps to remove one or both of the extension tubes so you're not concentrating the air flow. It takes some practice but you can "tease" most of them out with this method by waving the wand from a bit of a distance. A shredder-vac, as previously mentioned, works too, but if the clippings are long stems it won't pick them up very well..works better for shorter/shredded stuff.
     
    Last edited: May 5, 2012

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