Need some opinions on this leaf job please

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by whiffyspark, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    I landed this spring clean up job for wednesday. I don't usually do clean ups, but it led to me getting the weekly mowing contract for a good price. And this is in a very upscale high end community so I want to excel at this.

    I was thinking to blow them all to a pile with a blower, but once i realized how much leafs there are I was thinking more along the lines of a leaf vacuum

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    What would you guys do?

    I know I underbid this job at $225 that's not the issue. I just want to get this done as quickly and efficently as possible. I was going to use a ztr and mulch it, but he wanted them cleaned up and I don't know what's under all those leafs

    Thanks guys
     
  2. CLARK LAWN

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
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    Those two things are useless. I would use my big push blowers to blow them into I pile and then use my truck loader to suck them up into the truck.
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  3. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    That's what my dad told me as well. He said they're only good for leaves on the pavement. But he was a landscaper ten years ago so I didn't know if things had changed. I actually have a leaf loader, but my truck isn't setup up to catch them. I don't want to spend the money on plywood to only use it one time.
     
  4. KeystoneLawn&Landscaping

    KeystoneLawn&Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    You could get a price to sub it out.
     
  5. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
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    You took on a job that you don't even know how to handle OR bid correctly? Two words, good luck.
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  6. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
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    If I got a call asking if I could install a in ground swimming pool and told them, sure I can do it. I'd wonder what was wrong with me. I'm not setup to do pool installs so why would I even say yes? It goes the same for you in this situation. If you don't have the means to do the job then you shouldn't bid on it.
    Yeah, sub it out and lose the mowing account too. Have the equipment necessary to do the job or don't bid on them.
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  7. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
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    Sorry, not trying to sound too blunt but it all holds true. You need to be prepared to do the work you bid on from the start or you could create a irreversible image that the customer may feel you're not equipped or competent of doing the job.
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  8. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    I do know how to handle this. Like I said we usually mulch them but this is a new yard I was just looking for ideas to speed it up. I'll be using my truck vac and blowers it looks like. Can't hurt to ask for someone's opinion on a walk behind vacuum that I never used can it?
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  9. Puddle of Oil

    Puddle of Oil LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Clark lawn gave you the best advice. Blow it into a pile then suck it up with a loader. Don't waste your time with a tiny vac, it will fill up too fast and its slow.

    Walk behind mowers have a small catcher capacity so it will take you longer to do.
    Good luck!
     
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2012
  10. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    That's my plan. We're going to use a large tarp for the back yard because my vac house won't reach that far. My hose is only 14 ft. Thanks for the help
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