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Best Spring Clean-up Methods??

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by McFarland_Lawn_Care, Mar 12, 2007.

  1. McFarland_Lawn_Care

    McFarland_Lawn_Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,445

    Hey Yal....
    I going to be honest here. I've tried to stay away from most spring clean-up jobs in this area in the past just for the reason it is soooo time consuming and ends up running up a large bill for the customer. Just curious if there is a better way to get all the old leaves and twigs/branches off the lawns. I've tried a "power broom" and the tow behind lawn sweeper too, and neither seem to work that well on larger lawns. Good luck... and may a green season be ahead!!! :usflag:

    Give me any feedback....thanks!!:)
  2. Drew Gemma

    Drew Gemma LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,508

    first off a good late fall clean up is a start. then in the spring we just hands and knees pull few leaves out from under bushes pick up trash cut back any plants that needs so and then we use a stick edger to get the edges fresh so when we start mowing the string just glides right through.
  3. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    It depends, do you have a lot in Sedgwick that you can just blow off the lawn. I know your going to be doing most of them in the country.
  4. DiyDave

    DiyDave LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,695

    Bend over, pick up stick, throw on tarp, drag the full one to the truck, repeat ad nauseum!
  5. grapeford

    grapeford LawnSite Member
    Messages: 104

    I agree with Drew Gemma, the key to a easy spring clean-up is a good fall clean-up. We come in with 2 Walkers w/dethatcher rakes, edge and clean-out the beds, fertilize... off you go.
  6. JayD

    JayD LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,062

    I just put a bid on some commercial work and they have thirteen locations.While I was serveying the properties I had noticed how much trash,liter,all kinds of crap all over the grass to be mowed and I thought that I would have to spend so much time picking up all of that crap,for one, I would not tear up my mower cutting it, but I insisted that they have a spring clean up before the first mow for safty more than anything and they like the ideal and said yes.Just picked up a couple grand by doing that.
  7. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,456

    So why can't you mulch all that stuff up ......mulch plate over outlet and grind it all up and spread it with big blower. There isn't no cleanup in our area just start mowing. We are faced with huge amounts of leaves this time of year but just mow them up. These big mowers grind this stuff into nothing.
  8. JayD

    JayD LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,062

    No, what I ment was stuff that when snow plowing was done, it pushed all kinds of junk like hub caps,car parts,bottles,cans,many things that would tear up my blades or mower.
  9. Drew Gemma

    Drew Gemma LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,508

    see in the winter all that junk ends up everywhere it is to cold and no one goes out and picks trash out of the snow.

    On are high end clean ups we do the following we only have 2 like this but they pay huge money:

    limbs, leaves,trash
    stick edge hard surfaces
    cut prune anything that needs it at the time
    1st round of snapshot in beds
    drain clean huge pond scrub rocks
    check all filters
    check all lights
    remove burlap winter protection
  10. lawnguyland

    lawnguyland LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,108

    I think mulching would work for you, but here people and spcus are different. We dethatch and get every speck out of the lawn and beds. Mulching would get you fired. In the spring and summer I mulch grass, but not during clean-ups.

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