blowing leaves thru chain link fence...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Up North, Nov 12, 2004.

  1. Up North

    Up North LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MN
    Messages: 1,063

    I just got a call from someone wanting a bid on leaf clean up now and mowing for next year. They have just under an acre with a small area in the backyard that's fenced off with a chain link fence. The area they want the leaves blown to is on the south side of the property so in order to get a good portion of the leaves over there I'll need to go through the fence. Any problems with blowing them through? I don't foresee it being a major hang-up, just take me a little longer is what I'm thinking. Any suggestions or ideas?

    They do have a 6 foot section of the fence which is wood that I'll be removing so I can get my Z back there to make the clean up go a bit quicker, I can blow all the leaves thru that opening if needed.

    Dang...2 weeks ago I thought I was all done for the year, but with all this nice weather we've been having I may as well get back out there, glad I didn't winterize the equipment yet.

  2. spcfoor

    spcfoor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 261

    How big are the holes in the chain link? I think that as soon as you try to blow them thru they will get stuck. Just my thoughts.
  3. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    blow them right up against the chainlink fence, and then just use a pitchfork to throw them over the fence. It might be a little more back breaking work, but it will work.
  4. General Grounds

    General Grounds LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    if the fence is not secured at the bottom middle simply take a bungy cord and hook one end at the bottom of the fence and take the other end and wrap it around the top of the fence this will give you enough clearence to fire the leaves under the fence. works great for us. tony
  5. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,640

    that's' what i do...if it isn't loose just unhook a few places and hold it up
  6. Up North

    Up North LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MN
    Messages: 1,063

    It didn't appear to be secure at the bottom but then again I didn't tug on it to check. But if not secure I'll blow them under or use Tiedeman's method if needed.

    Thanks guys!

  7. Smithers

    Smithers LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,265

    I have never done what Tony has, but you should try it. Otherwise, you will sit there all day trying to get individual leaves thru the chain link fence. I hate doing that. I'd rather get a plastic rake and pull them away from the fence.

    I wish all yards were unfenced. that is the number one reason for leaf cleanups taking so long
  8. kemmer

    kemmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 608

    y not just blow them though the 6 ft opening? or plow them through with the z or tarping?
  9. shepoutside

    shepoutside LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,208

    I had one HUGE yard like that, I used plywood sheets, and put them 45 degrees on the fence, and then deflected them over with my little wonder, worked great ! :)
  10. Zach76

    Zach76 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 197

    In the past I have taken a really large tarp, draped it over the top of the fence so there's a lot of it on the ground. Stake down the corners, blow the leaves onto the tarp, grab the corners, and lift/dump the leaves over the fence. Resume blowing.

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