Leaf season....uuugggghhhh!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Evan528, Oct 31, 2001.

  1. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
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    Actually it looks like fun to me. I love leaf season now. I sure didn't with the bagger on a w/b.
     
  2. GreenQuest Lawn

    GreenQuest Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thats one nice looking pile of leaves.

    Did you run and JUMP into it?

    I feel your pain Evan, I have about 18 more days of fall cleanups and am ready to pack it in already.
     
  3. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
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    This may sound stupid......................do all the leaves up north fall at one time?

    We mulch and collect leaves from now til February cause they fall a little at a time...........oaks especially.

    Todd, how can you figure 18 days?

    No matter how many leaves are in a yard they're gonna get mulched first then run over with the Trac-Vac.............I ain't pullin' no tarp! I've done clean-ups before in March on yards that have sat all winter.............they got run over with the lawnmower........................I ain't rakin' cause I ain't no yard boy!

    P.S. That was a big azz pile of leaves!:cry:
     
  4. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    No, we have leaves that start to fall in September, and some don't fall until after december comes around.
     
  5. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
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    sounds like job security to me.
     
  6. Grapevine

    Grapevine LawnSite Member
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    We blow out the beds, suck em up with Walkers, enclose the truck and suck em up with the truck loader, and we're off to the next adventure. Alot of properties have places to dump and alot don't. We do a bunch of condos and grinding up leaves is not an option, and I don't feel like mowing a lawn 3 or 4 times to mulch the leaves. Walkers, blowers, truck vac. In this area the leaves fall hard and fast and mulching is not the option I choose to take in the fall.
    And about that huge pile of leaves, hopefully they don't all blow into the customers or the neighbors yard while your waiting for the town truck to come by once every 2 weeks... no thanks.
     
  7. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
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    Homer,
    Not a stupid question at all.

    Some trees drop within a week, in my case the ash and locust drop fast. The red maples hang on until a few hard freeze nights get them to snap. The silver maple(overgrown week in the class with weeping willow) are one of the last to go. The oaks eventually brown out but most of the leafs stay in the tree until spring.
    There was one day about 10 years ago when a maple was full leafed out in the morning and when I came home it was almost all down, there were about a foot of leafs in a 40 foot circle. I think I have a pic somewhere but i'LL have to dig.
     
  8. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
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    Last week was when they dropped big time here, this week wasn't quite as bad. Next week will be much easier.

    Last year I would guess 75% dropped in one week and we had a big mess. This was the biggest leaf drop in one week I had ever seen, but we were able to mulch them. ;)
     
  9. SCAPEASAURUSREX

    SCAPEASAURUSREX LawnSite Senior Member
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    Out here they start dropping slowly in late September( a few here and there nothing exicitng ) and then come late October , BAM they start dropping continuasly for three weeks or so.. On 1/2 acre prop .. you start cleaning up and by the time you are done, the starting point is completly covered again.. Frustrating.. Around here a Walker is the only way to go .. But you still need to do some tarping too. Sometimes its just too thick !
     
  10. mklawnman

    mklawnman LawnSite Senior Member
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    This is my first year doing spring and fall cleanups and man i have to say fall cleanups suck. Just filled a 12ft trailer in less than 30min all full of leaves. Cant dump them there so i have to haul them across town to my place. Though next year im gonna get a bagger for my turf tiger so im hoping that will cut down on my time raking the leaves and space on the trailer. Most of the leaves here fell last week when we had two straight days of 30+ mph winds, most of them have disapeared but some remain in corners. Want to get a vac next year too, not a truck one but like a smaller one.
    That was one heck of a pile of leaves, u use your Toro to blow the leaves to the road too?? I've run my Turf Tiger threw some thick piles of leaves wow sucks the power right down, gotta take it slow.
    Matt
     

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