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Tarp size?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawncuttinfoo, Sep 28, 2005.

  1. lawncuttinfoo

    lawncuttinfoo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,010

    If you use tarps for leaves what size do you use so that you can get enough on and stay on yet not be too heavy to strain your back pulling?
  2. lawncuttinfoo

    lawncuttinfoo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,010

    how about style also, are the cheap blue or green tarps strong enough or do you go with the heavy duty type?
  3. Bay de Noc Lawn Car

    Bay de Noc Lawn Car LawnSite Member
    Posts: 161

    40' X 60' lol :)
  4. gman44

    gman44 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 74

    Before I haul leaves on a tarp I grind them up with a 21" mower . This reduces the overall size of the pile to a fraction of its original size. Easy to handle , easy to load to the curb or truck. Blue tarps have been fine, 20' x 20' seem to work for me. This method works if you dont have a clear shot to the curb with your blower .
  5. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,850

    i use an 11x16 if i'm by myself, 15x20 if 2-man. any bigger is just too much tarp to trip over.
  6. Jerry and Sons

    Jerry and Sons LawnSite Member
    from Pa
    Posts: 249

    The blue tarp is fine just avoid going over the driveway and any other hard concrete or black top area. Play around with thei size but get ready leaves especially wet ones weigh a ton. It is all trial and error.
  7. ealbertson

    ealbertson LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 256

    I use something like a 20x30 but I don't drag them by hand. Fold it up like a taco, tie a rope around one end and drag it with a z or hydro walk behind. If you are dumping in the woods where the z won't go chain a block and tackle to a tree in the woods use a long rope and pull it in the rest of the way like that.
  8. lawncuttinfoo

    lawncuttinfoo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,010

    how about those large green buckets lesco sells, or the large 200 gal soft lawn bags. Anyone have experience with both?
  9. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,793

    The bigger the better for me.
    1 big yards 30-30 blow all beds out and a the patch ware the tarp gos. Lay tarp out pin the corners then start on the out side discharging towards the tarp.
    My large tarp has a pipe in it that hooks to my mower
    2 small yards i bungee a 55 gal bag to my cacher

    3 medium yards 20-20 fill it and grab the tarp in both hand and rid it like a sulky

    My mower dose all the work not me
    I dont even carry a rack unless one of my guys pisses me off.
  10. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,793

    the buckets are not big enough . The bags rip but are good if you leave them in the truck and dump in them it keeps the bed clean you can use dental floss to sow the bags or cloth catchers

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