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no leaves in CT this year?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by supercuts, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,785

    ive been doign this since i was 12 years old which is over 22 years now. i cannot recall ever not having enough leaves to justify a leaf blower. I dont know if it is from hurricane Irene or how it went from winter to summer skipping spring this year that there just are not alot of leaves at all. we use a 12' f550 dump with a monstrous leaf box. we have some lawns we will take out 2.5 loads for fall cleanups. this year i fit two of those lawns in less than one load and almost all the leaves are down!!! dont get me wrong...my prices are set and im happy. the only thing that worries me is now they are saying snow saturday night.

    but the question is....where are the leaves??
  2. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,294

    When hurricane Hugo blew through Charlotte NC in 1989 it took 80% of the leaves to VA. There was hardly anything to blow that year.
  3. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,033

    Where I am down on the shore Irene caused a lot of leaves to drop during the storm and then for a lot more to drop in the weeks after. A lot of the trees were totally bare but actually put out new leaves. So I have a lot of properties that are all but cleaned up at this point. The oaks on my properties up in the woods are still holding on as usual...those will still be a while before they drop. So I think I'm going to go after 1 time cleanups and piles this year.
  4. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,785

    yes, our lawns on the immediate shoreline completely lost their leaves to windburn. many dropped soon after. 5 miles inland though, the trees looked good but i cant believe how few leaves. I agree i should only go out once this year, but my customers are accustom to me at least twice. and with all this snow now i started this week. hopefully by next friday ill have done most quickly so i can at least charge half if the snow keeps coming.

    3-10" on Saturday????? wtf? im so happy i swapped out my first straigt blade for a V plow last year. with the heavy prediction of alot of snow again i bought a second boss vxt two weeks ago.
  5. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,538

    same up here in northern CT. all cleanups are a breeze this year.
  6. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,033

    Not to get too far off topic, but I have the Boss VXT and it is great for those big storms. No more having to fight my way into driveways pushing back the corners with my truck in a dangerous and precarious position half way out in the road....just put it in V and favor one side of the driveway and drive right in. It's great for doing parking lot lanes in the inverted V position while cars are parked in the slots and it stacks like crazy too. After a brief "shakedown" period my Boss has been trouble free except for one broken wing return spring. The only problem I have is my Chevy 2500HD runs hot with it on long runs between accounts no matter what position I put it in...gotta open the window and crank the heat.
  7. Groomer

    Groomer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,421

    funny this came up, was just talking about this to my landscape bud the other day. We've noticed the same, very light in volume compared to usual. thought maybe last years drought, coupled with dutch elm and ash borer problems has taken its toll..
  8. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,341

    Haven't even started clean ups yet (but the best we can ever hope for here is a Nov 10th start) the trees are still about 50% green here so I got another 7-10 days of mowing before we get serious about setting up for clean ups. Then if I am lucky maybe just maybe we will get to start clean ups a week before thanksgiving. But on the leaf volume point last year by this time we had to stop mowing because the leaves would fill the 5 yards are cutting trucks hold in 3-6 lawns. This season we are still getting 20-40 lawn cuts in between dumps so they are 2-3 weeks late this year.
  9. lakesregionscapes

    lakesregionscapes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 145

    Truly messed up fall this year: like you guys, it does seem like the leaves are thin on the ground here - between a fungal outbreak that made whole blocks of trees go brown and drop everything in late August, tons of rain and strong winds for weeks on end blowing the fall foliage into the next town, and the fact that 30% of the trees *still* haven't turned and dropped their leaves... The vac has only been out twice so far this season.
    And now we have 10 inches of snow all mixed in with the mess. Our fall income is looking very, very lean this year. Our prices are fixed, but if we can't get to the yards it doesn't matter either way. All we can do is hope a week of temps in the 50's is enough magic to make a second chance at cleanup possible.
  10. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,033

    I just did my invoices for October last nite and my charges to date for fall cleanups are minimal, yet many of my properties are mostly cleaned up....mostly just waiting for the oaks to drop at this point.

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