Whats the best way to remove pine needles?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by syzer, Feb 15, 2001.

  1. syzer

    syzer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What do you guys to effectively remove pine needles? I have never done it before, looks like a pain in the butt.

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  2. cleancut

    cleancut LawnSite Member
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    I've got some customers that have to have pine needles removed...The most effective way I've found is the old fashioned, raking...I don't like raking but I do on these two jobs...I bag them up and bring them to my house to use for future jobs...They're great for azaleas...So really, I make double...Customer A pays me to remove them, then Customer B pays me to put around plants...I'm sure there are easier ways but I haven't found one yet..Derrick
  3. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
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    A quality back pack blower,a rake and a tarp!
  4. eslawns

    eslawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    I used to have this machine that would do it. Hmmm... what was it called? Oh yeah, a RAKE! :D
  5. Premo Services

    Premo Services LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I picked up a new account last spring and she wanted pine needles removed, there was a lot of pine trees and a lot more pine needles. I started raking the needles up but that became old real quick, I had a Toro Super Recycler 6.5 hp 21in. in truck and took it out to try. I was amazed at how it picked up the needles,some places had to go over twice but a heck of a lot easier than raking them up,also my lazer with ultra vac does a great job,mabey if there is enough room you might try your ztr with the peco vac.
  6. cclllc

    cclllc LawnSite Senior Member
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    Just take your mower and mow backwards and blow them in wind rows and rake them up.
  7. Grassman

    Grassman LawnSite Member
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    I've always done it with a blower and a rake too. Was curious to know if anyone's tried using a Billygoat or similiar vac to pick them or leaves off a lawn? Russ
  8. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
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    Walker GHS and a back pack blower. Has anyone tried using the Walker dethatcher to loosen up the straw so the Walker will pick it all up. I only have one customer that has pines that need to be cleaned up, I was amazed at the number of binfuls that were there. We use the blower to loosen up the straw and sometimes have to do a few passes but it's lots easier than raking..

    Rake is a four letter word.
  9. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The easiest way to remove pine needles is to use a chainsaw. No pines, = no needles, works for me.
  10. Stonewall

    Stonewall LawnSite Senior Member
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    Here in the Pine Belt, my rake is rusting in the back of the truck while my Scag is humming along with a belt-driven bagger picking up the straw. I dump the hopper from the seat. If the straw is removed weekly while it is falling, it will do fine. If is a one-time clean up, the straw gets packed down. Don't think about mulching it though. It won't work.

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