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pine cone pickup

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by wpines, Aug 18, 2005.

  1. wpines

    wpines LawnSite Member
    Posts: 54

    What is the best way to get pine cones from white pines out of the lawn. About 2 acres worth.
  2. jbell113

    jbell113 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 654

    I have a half acre property I maintain with very little turf due to all the pine trees. The people told me all they cared about was getting the pinestraw and pine cones picked up twice a month. I get $150 a month. I first mow the little bit of weeds and fescue they have and then get the blower out and blow straw and cones into as big a piles as I can. Then we rake it up and bag it and stick it out by the street. Usually takes an hour maybe a little longer. In your situation I would try and chew em up ith the mower then try to blow and rake em if it needs it. But I would charge for all your extra time cause 2 acres is a lot of pine cones.
  3. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,177

    Grasshopper with there grass collection system. Best unit I have seen for pine straw. If its really thick pine straw in the grass a jrco rake works real good.
  4. Nosmo

    Nosmo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,216

    I have 8 pines in my own yard. Oodles of needles and lots of cones
    fall at this time of the year due to stress from not much rain.

    I use a 42" lawn sweeper and it does a real good job of picking up

  5. Brianslawn

    Brianslawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,004

    spring tine dethatcher on front of my walker
  6. wpines

    wpines LawnSite Member
    Posts: 54

    What about one of those units with the rubber fingers? Toro "Olathe" or something like that?
  7. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,177

    Unless you feel like spending $10,000 for one of those self contained pick up rigs.

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