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leaves in ivy driving me crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lakegastonla, Nov 10, 2001.

  1. lakegastonla

    lakegastonla LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 296

    Anyone got a trick for getting leaves out of ivy? Seems it is almost impossible to get it to look "clean" when I try to blow it out with the backpack blower. I despise this stuff, but a few of my accounts have large areas with this crap. Any help is greatly appreciatred!
  2. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    The 1st job with my new redmax had some ivy. I really didn't have any problem. I guess you could drag a rake over the area and then use a blower to blow the leaves away.
  3. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,496

    If you have an elbow at the end of your pipe, this really helps. Many blowers just come with a straight pipe, but this extra angle really helps to lift them and doesn't give as much downward force into the plants. Also, of course, you have to beat on it with the blower. Short, fast side to side shaking strokes.
  4. It the proper place for this discussion?

    Was this a left over from the infamous leaking in the shrubs thread?
  5. lakegastonla

    lakegastonla LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 296

    Thanks, runner! I forgot my br's came with a short elbow at the end of the pipe. First thing I did was take em' off and stick them in a cabinet at the shop. Guess I better get them back on, huh? Thanks for the tip.:eek:
  6. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,183

    This is where the little hand held blower converted to a vacuum comes in handy. Rather than "blow" think "vacuum.
  7. eslawns

    eslawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 712

    My trick is called a Redmax BP blower. I haven't seen any place leaves get that it won't blow them out, including ivy. Just blow in more than one direction.
  8. groundsguy1970

    groundsguy1970 Banned
    Posts: 166

    I use an old Husky blower/vac with NO bag on it. We call it throwing off, it will make little chips which will filter through the ivy. You'll notice the stems.
  9. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,496

    Now THERE'S an idea! Interesting!

    SCAPEASAURUSREX LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 835

    One of my largest accts has ivy beds surrounding the entire property ... I used to use the bp blowers, but still very difficult to get clean.. I found the best way is t run my little wonder push blower through the beds of ivy.. not east to do.. but gets them clean and alot faster...

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