How do i go about Leaf Removal

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by dwight1moore, Jul 19, 2009.

  1. dwight1moore

    dwight1moore LawnSite Member
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    First year in the business doing Lawncare and was thinking about what i can do this fall and winter when there is no grass to mow. I know there is always leaf removal but not sure how to go about this. I know there is the old fashioned way with a rake and trash bags but what other ways is there? i have also seen lawn sweepers... Is this a efficient way? I thought about adding higher sides to my 5x8 trailer to hold several bags of leaves.

    Also what other fall and winter services could i offer?

    Thanks for your thoughts and ideas in advance. :)
     
  2. 2low4NH

    2low4NH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NH
    Posts: 1,891

    good luck making any money with a rake. get some nice BP blowers a truck loader/dump trailer. maybe a leaf plow if you have a WB. i have a lawn vac that i use for parking lots but other then that i make most of my money with a blower/mower/truck loader. you gotta spend money to make money. the only way to make good money with leaf removal is to work quick and efficient.
     
  3. pitrack

    pitrack LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I agree, backpack blower is a must.
     
  4. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,511

    Put a mulching kit on a big mower and turn them to dust. No time wasted moving leaves to a pile, loading them, and dumping them somewhere.
     
  5. 2low4NH

    2low4NH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NH
    Posts: 1,891

    you should come up to NH we cant just mulch the leaves down. we can make piles big enough to bury trucks off a quarter acre lot
     
  6. pitrack

    pitrack LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'm not sure if I feel like that would work in every situation. At least not ones I have been in, the leaves just get so thick. But in other cases, yes, I agree.
     
  7. dwight1moore

    dwight1moore LawnSite Member
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    i got a wb and a blower, dont have a truck loader and the loader sounds like it would be expensive. any other way to get them on the truck?
     
  8. Yater

    Yater LawnSite Senior Member
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    Use a tarp.
     
  9. BigEd

    BigEd LawnSite Senior Member
    from MD
    Posts: 299

    Lay tarp on ground. Blow leaves on tarp. Pull tarp to truck. Load leaves on truck. Its not rocket science. Use any equipment you have to make it go quicker.
     
  10. pinecrestwoods

    pinecrestwoods LawnSite Member
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    Kinda silly that so many people sound so definitive in their answers. Look at the location of each poster. Apples to oranges. I've got props within a couple blocks of each other that are totally different- one neighborhood is new and the trees are not over 10' tall. Watch or ask the people from your area. Generally, though, a lawn-sweeper is a waste of time for leaves.

    Some people on here need to use leaf plows. I can't imagine that quantity!... but they can make money on it!!!

    For me, if I can't bag or mulch them, I'll quickly gather the heavier concentration of leaves onto a tarp and drag it to the truck. Sometimes I'll use a blower, but often it's just as fast for me to use a large rake.

    Again, I just get the thicker stuff that would be inefficient to bag or mulch. I don't get all of them- I save some for the mower.

    That's just me.
     

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