apples, apples, apples

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by yrdandgardenhandyman, Aug 8, 2005.

  1. yrdandgardenhandyman

    yrdandgardenhandyman LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 953

    How do you guys handle apples? I have a client who has an apple tree and it was loaded. Now most of them are on the ground. Obviously the customer isn't eating them so they just lay there. Do you just mow over them? This customer usually doesn't want any extra work done and charges. Mow, trim, blow and go. Pays well and on time.
  2. jbell113

    jbell113 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 654

    Pick em up and sell them on the side of the road...LOL I would turm em into apple sauce.
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    I have a customer that has a 164 tree apple orchard. We just mow over them when they start falling. There is not a whole helluva lot we can do otherwise.
  4. Howie's Lawn Care

    Howie's Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 512

    I feel sorry for your blades, but what can you do?
  5. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Better apples than rocks IMO.
  6. imograss

    imograss LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 796

    Watch out for the hornets and yellowjackets that are drawn in by the apples :realmad:
  7. yamadooski

    yamadooski LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 434

    We have the same problem with orange trees, grapfruit trees and mangos.
    Used to pick them up now we mow over them.
  8. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    Yikes, oranges, grapefruit, mangos... those are large!!

    Our apples and pears here are pretty small. Applesauce! It's neat to see how some of them get sliced and diced. I see some once in a while that roll under the blade and are nearly perfectly peeled! I can't see that an apple, expecially the half rotten ones on the ground could hurt a blade. Stink they do though.

    I too have noticed the wasps and yellowjackets around them. Generally as long as those critters aren't guarding their nest they seem to leave humans alone. Only Times I have been stung it was because I accidently bumped into their damn nest!!!
  9. The Captain

    The Captain LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 607

    Wash your equipment (deck, blades & tires) at the end of the day. If it sits overnight (in your trailer or shop)with the fruit juices coating the deck and blades, you'll find everything smells like a really cheap wine. Gets to you after the day warms up.

  10. burns60

    burns60 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 291

    I mow right on over them. I haven't noticed that they are all that bad on blades. What I really hate about fruit on the ground is blasting into one with the trimmer. Now that does not feel too good running down your face.

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