thoughts on biweekly mulching in the fall

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by zackvbra, Aug 3, 2013.

  1. ztman

    ztman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,007

    Not true

    bi·week·ly (b-wkl)
    1. Happening every two weeks.

    2. Happening twice a week; semiweekly.

    n. pl. bi·week·lies
    A publication issued every two weeks.

    1. Every two weeks.

    2. Twice a week; semiweekly. See Usage Note at bi-1.

    The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

    biweekly [baɪˈwiːklɪ]
    adj & adv
    1. every two weeks

    2. (often avoided because of confusion with sense 1) twice a week; semiweekly See bi-1

    n pl -lies
    (Communication Arts / Journalism & Publishing) a periodical published every two weeks

    Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003

    Your are either having fun with us, or the people who threw out the other bids don't have access to a dictionary
  2. PenningsLandscaping

    PenningsLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,855

    I'm gonna look into these tractor and leaf loader
    Set ups if I ever get big enough lawns to make it worth it that want clean ups. Most Lawns here are small, it just blow, barrel, and throw on my dump trailer unless the town picks up curbside without being in bags. Every larger lawn I've quoted out for mowing says "we don't have any big trees so we don't get clean ups". I pass on those ones. No clean up? Not worth it.
  3. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 6,229

    Once the leaves start falling and the grass slos down I wil come every other week and blow all leaves out of the beds and bag the whole yard. I charge 1.5x my normal price and it takes the same time to mow as their isnt much trimming and no blowing off as im bagging. The only extra time come in handling the clippings. I can usually dump on properties, but tarp and put in the bed of the truck. Not much of a hassle for me
  4. PenningsLandscaping

    PenningsLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,855

    I did that last year, and will this year for certain customers, but a few of them gave me a hard time about prices and frequency. I got really tired of, "hold off another week" emails screwing up my schedule and bottom line. Those ones will just get a one shot full clean up this year, ill make more money on the time spent doing it. I'm gonna be too overwhelmed as it is.
  5. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,233

    someone should put a mulching tutorial.
    like install mulching kit, what blades, tips, etc...
  6. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,940

    I have not picked up a leaf in the 21 years I have lived in our current home. I do not provide leaf clean up service for others but occasionally help a neighbor or relative if they want to do it my way. My yard is 1.2 acres with a solid mature woods along the back side, which are mostly oaks. I blow the leaves out of beds and often out of the edge of the woods into my yard, then chop them up. Never had a problem and it looks quite clean. I have to do this 3-4 times each Fall as the leaves come down. On the last couple cuts of the year, by mowing 1/4"-1/2" lower than my neighbors anything that blows across my yard keeps going :)

    This topic has come up enough times here that I hope I can remember to take some pictures to post of the process this year. Those who do not believe it works satisfactorily, much less that it is good for the soil and yard, may be surprised.
  7. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    The high rise mulching blades are a big part of the equation and having a mower that is designed for mulching... I'd look for that article from a Michigan college that did that mulching of Maple leaves in the Fall...
  8. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
    Posts: 863

    I put a mulching kit on the lazer this fall and love it. Thick acumulation I'll have to double cut, but they are chopped so small they are not noticeable. Saves time and looks better IMO.
  9. Grant11

    Grant11 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 293

    Free lawn food- definitely a healthy thing for your lawn. Before mowing go around all the beds and hard surfaces and blow the leaves into the grass. Then go to town shredding them up. Mulch kits help a lot
  10. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
    Posts: 863

    That's what we've been doing...Saves so much time. Can't believe I haven't bought the mulch kit sooner.

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