Still mulching leaves. Pics of todays leaf job.

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by MainTainZ Property Svcs., Nov 19, 2013.

  1. MainTainZ Property Svcs.

    MainTainZ Property Svcs. LawnSite Member
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    Here are some before, during and after pics of one of the leaf jobs that me and my son did today. Used the turf tiger to make one round of leaf mulching, then got the snapper pro to make the second round. No bagging and the only blowing the we did was to blow around rear wood line because it was real rocky, driveway, deck, and flowerbeds. The first job was full of leaves and it was a 1 1/2 acre lot. Front yard only needed one round of mulching with the snapper. Customers happy, I got paid, so I'm happy.
    The picture of the backyard doesn't do the thickness of the leaves justice. When I would make a swipe with the turf tiger, the leaves would come up over the front onto the foot plate. This job took about 45 min. Also did 2 neighbor yards. Good day.

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  2. LewisLawn

    LewisLawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    looks good to me. thats how i prefer to do it, try to avoid removing leaves from property as often as i can...most customers are fine with mulching them up or simply blowing them into the woods etc...
     
  3. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Silver Member
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    To the op: it looks like we have 3-4 weeks of leaves before we are all done. That is unless the bradford's fall early. Good job on your cleanup.
     
  4. W&Wlawncare

    W&Wlawncare LawnSite Member
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    Do you have any trouble with the snapper's deck blow out? I have a snapper too and it seems like a lot of leaves blow away from/around the deck so they aren't mulched up. Just curious to see if you have had the same experiences
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  5. MainTainZ Property Svcs.

    MainTainZ Property Svcs. LawnSite Member
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    There are some properties where we do blow a majority of the leaves but we blow them to a area where they can be mulched. I do several apt. complexes and the actual yards are small but the amount of leaves are tremendous so we blow them to common areas on the grounds and then mulch. The only leaves that I have removed from a property this year are then ones stuck in or on my mowing deck and we try to get all those off before we load and go....I'm not against blowing and sucking up leaves but for me, I don't have the need. For me, it's about cost and time. I already have mowers, so I just put a mulch plug in the deck chute (total cost: under $100). That's my leaf equip. plus my blowers which I already had. Just my preference and my customers are used to it and like it.
     
  6. MainTainZ Property Svcs.

    MainTainZ Property Svcs. LawnSite Member
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    Yeah, when we were out today doing some leaf jobs I noticed that some of the bradfords had started falling. Some were about 1/4 gone. Also, hickory trees seem like they hold on forever. Some of my complexes want me to do a cleanup in January. Makes it hard if everything is frozen. Thanks for the compliment..
     
  7. MainTainZ Property Svcs.

    MainTainZ Property Svcs. LawnSite Member
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    I have a lot of blowout if my deck is set at 3" or higher. I have been keeping my deck set on 2.5" when doing leaves and it has been doing really well. My mulch plug is homemade and does not block the chute discharge 100% (there's a small gap at rear of chute) which I think creates better suction and allows for minimal discharge from the chute and reduces blowout. However, I do have major leaf blowout issues with the Turf Tiger. I just use it if the leaves are really, really deep then I finish up with the snapper.
     
  8. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    What is your price multiplier for doing a mulch job on leaves?
     
  9. MainTainZ Property Svcs.

    MainTainZ Property Svcs. LawnSite Member
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    Well, I do most of my customers leaves 3-6 times depending on the property and the amount of trees on the property. To mulch them every two weeks, I usually charge 2x the price of mowing. We're actually there about the same amount of time as we are there just mowing because we're not weedeating but we are blowing out the flowerbeds. So it kinda cancels out. On the final cleanup of the season, we usually do roof and gutters and also do a more thorough cleanup. I usually charge about 4x the price of mowing for the final cleanup and also charge a fee for roof / gutters (that price depends on size of house and accessibility). This is why I love doing leaves. I actually make more money than I do at regular mowing with not much more time involved.
     
  10. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
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    :clapping::clapping::clapping: mulched a lot of leaves, raked, hauled off..tried it all over 30 years
    mulching is almost always so much easier..with big equipment much easier...I've mulched 2 foot tall piles with a 21inch lawnmower when I was young..so when we got a walkbehind it was very easy
     

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