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Best Fall Cleanup Kit for 1/10 Acre Lawns

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by recycledsole, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3,253

    Hey guys,
    did my first fall cleanup today and got slammed. way underbid. but a learning experience. i blew all the leaves into piles and used the tarp to get them in my truck. took way too long. Should i just use a mower with a bag? i think that would work better. please let me know
    thanks alot
  2. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,023

    So are we talking about lawns less than 5K in area? I would mow over and then bag on the second pass. Even on heavily covered areas this should be the fasted way.
  3. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    I would agree, if you have a mower with a bagger, mow over the lawn first without the bagger on to help chop up some of the leaves then go back over it a second time with the bagger on and pick everything up. This will help you fit more in the bag before having to empty. If you have a small bagger, you may want to put a barrel or tarp near where you are mowing so you can just empty the bagger there instead of having to go all the way back to the truck to empty it and then just move the barrel/tarp to the truck after emptying a few times.
  4. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
    from mn
    Messages: 4,143

    If you carry 2 mowers, install a mulch kit or plate on one and bag with the other. Most of small stuff like that, my navigator chops them up enough. Usually and hour and I'm out of there. Unless the leaves are tough. I have a 2 acre property with up to 12" of leaves in places.
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  5. ddixon7

    ddixon7 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    I don't know what kind of mower you are using, but let the bag fill up and keep on mowing them. This will act like a mulch kit kind of. Then, bag up the crumbs.
  6. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
    from mn
    Messages: 4,143

    Better take the belt off first. I burned up several my first season.
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  7. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Messages: 2,768

    Maybe it "seemed" as though it took to long. Maybe it's the fact that you grossly under charged the customer? I hate to even ask what you charged to do the job?

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    I blow all the leaves into a pile by the street and suck them up with the leaf loader
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  9. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3,253

    yea i dont like to tell you even what i charged :'(
    i am not upset or anything, i learn from my mistakes
    with the help of lawnsite!

    so it seems like mower would be good. i tell you on my 21 honda mower it took about 15 seconds to fill the bag up when running it through the pile.
    i am going to get a real mower soon

  10. smallstripesnc

    smallstripesnc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 717

    It must be nice to have a leaf loader! I know a guy that all he does is leaf removals and he swears this is the fastest method.

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