Leaf cleanups with frost on the grass

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by greentech2007, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. greentech2007

    greentech2007 LawnSite Member
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    Just a question i have does it hurt or really matter if you do a leaf clean up and drive eqip. on the grass with some frost. Or is it something you guys worry bout this time of year. I tend to be careful and try to let the frost mostly burn off before i start but got clean ups to do before it snows. Help me out.
     
  2. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
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    I have had to drive on frosted lawns before, and it does harm them IMO. It leaves tire marks that can still be seen in sprintime. They will eventually go away, but maybe not before you have lost the account from angering the owner.

    Driving heavy equipment across lawns that have frost basically breaks the grass blades. It may not snap them off, but it breaks them in the middle, which causes them to show exactly where you drove on them for a long time- usually until springtime when the grass is growing good, and has finally grown enough to allow you to cut off the damaged part of the grass blades. I use a big BP for lawns like that, then tarp the leaves to remove them.
     
  3. idealscape

    idealscape LawnSite Member
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    DONT DO IT. It will leave definitive marks of where your machine or truck has been...Best practice is to stay off frosted grass.
     
  4. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
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    High temp of 20 degrees you got 15 more clean ups to go and they predict snow coming in the next 4-5 days. Sounds far fetched hardly that's very common up here and you just have to grin and bare it.

    Something I would like as and option on back packs would be to use the heat of the engine and send it through the tube so when the leafs that are frozen to the ground wrapped in mud could be freed. You'd have a way to work through it which would be a huge advantage up here.
     
  5. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO LawnSite Fanatic
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    You do what you gotta do, I was mowing grass last week that was frozen lol.
     
  6. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
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    That's an excellent idea. If it comes out down the road somewhere, you have this thread to show you came up with it first LOL
     
  7. tony b

    tony b LawnSite Member
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    ITFLMAO Somehow I think that comment was serious??
     
  8. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Tony thought you and I were no longer talking so to what do I owe the pleasure of your wisdom yet again.
     
  9. tony b

    tony b LawnSite Member
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    I don't have any wisdom in the biz. You have to have over 2,000 posts to know anything. I do however love the bp idea.....priceless.
     
  10. jiggz

    jiggz LawnSite Senior Member
    from jerz
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    if you detuned the engine to produce 14cfm this would be genius lol


    ps. dont run anything on frost, unless you absolutely have to
     

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