Spring Clean-Up

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by lurch, Mar 5, 2007.

  1. lurch

    lurch LawnSite Member
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    I'm reletively new to the industry and had a question about one of my spring clean-ups....

    Is there a half-way cheap way to pick up leaves other than the old fashioned rake and bag method....

    I know this question has probably came up in a previous thread but I did a search and came back with nothing relevent....

    Thanks Guys!!!!
     
  2. sicnj

    sicnj LawnSite Senior Member
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    what do you have as far as equipment?
     
  3. lurch

    lurch LawnSite Member
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    i'm small time but am working my way from the bottom....It's embaressing saying what crappy equip I have but I jumped in headstrong and am determined to get this started.....

    I have a 21" Troy-Bilt SP
    21" Honda Commercial
    Echo SRM-2100 Trimmer
    McLane WB Edger
    Home Cheapo Blower Special
    a rake
    and a bunch of trash bags


    I have some spare income to buy a little somethin-somethin to make this a little easier job....
     
  4. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
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    well, that just sucks. your gonna be doing a lot of bagging if you dont have a truck to use. do you have any friends or relatives with a truck?
     
  5. lurch

    lurch LawnSite Member
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    i have a 2005 Nissan Titan....i guess i should have included that...sorry
     
  6. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Posts: 2,160

    is there a place where you can dump the leaves? landfill or someones wooded backyard? if you have a place to dump them, just get yourself a tarp and start loading them into the bed of the truck, you'll be amazed at how much you can fit back there, just keep packing them down.
     
  7. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
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    put a tarp on the bed of the truck first, then pile the leaves on top. it makes unloading a lot easier once you get it light enough.
     
  8. lurch

    lurch LawnSite Member
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    The hard part is that all the leaves are in a high-end HUGE backyard....

    I managed today to get them into about 13 piles....

    How do I get the leaves out the gate into the bed of my truck...

    Thanks for the great advice...I will definatly do this if i can figure out an easier way to get the leaves to my truck without driving on the grass...
     
  9. lurch

    lurch LawnSite Member
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    i could pile them onto a tarp and drag them to the gate which is close enough to the drive way....hmmmm

    my little hamster in my head is running
     
  10. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Posts: 2,160

    pull the tarp over the grass. unless you want to carry 1 garbage can out at a time. that would be the easiest way with the equipment you have. i wouldnt suggest driving on the lawn just get the truck as close as you can to the gate and drag. it would also be a lot easier if you had someone else to lift the tarp into the truck with you. are you charging these people by the hour or just a set rate for the clean-up?
     

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