Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by grassyfras, Nov 19, 2000.

  1. grassyfras

    grassyfras LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,475

    I was wandering if you guys have any technicues when blowing sidewalks, driveways, streets and mulchbeds. I am using a handheld blower if that helps. Do you ever pick up the grass clipings frome sidewalks. What do you do when the grass sticks to the sidewalks.

  2. jeffyr

    jeffyr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    The backpacks are more powerfull than the hand helds, so the grass has to be pulverized onto the concrete for the blower to fail. but if it does, grab a broom. Nothin like elbow grease !

    Good Luck developing your own style of concrete waste management.

  3. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    I would suggest trying a backpack blower. It will blow wet grass off a driveway as easy as your hand held will blow dry grass. You'll never go back to a hand held. I try not to run the mower over driveways or sidewalks.
  4. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    Grassyfrass-What techniques do you need? If you're using a handheld, it can't get much easier. Just blow it on to the lawn. Not very difficult. If you get a backpack blower (which you might consider), it takes a little more effort making the grass go in the right direction but even that is as easy as pie.:)
  5. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,183

    As often as you can, try and direct your chute away from concrete surfaces. If you'll edge and trim first then you can blow everything into the yard, mow with the chute blowing debris back towards the grass. If you do everything else right the blowing should be the easiest function. I learned a long time ago that clean-up was taking me longer than anything else so I watched my competition and learned. I don't carry a broom and very seldom use a rake.

  6. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    O.K.. Techniques. - Let's think about this one a sec.. First, you gotta remember, YOU have to work the blower. So often, I see a newbee grab a blower and stand there s l o w l y moving the hose back and forth as if all the debris will just "jump" out of it's way. The blower is NOT going to do all the work! It is important that you keep "shaking" the hose to keep the debris moving. Secondly, you have to stay behind it. So often, I will see someone lose focus of their whole objective and become "tunneled" into this 4 ft. wide path, leaving behind them a good portion of their material that not only still has to be blown, but has to go over the same exact area they just blew! Keep the debris out in front of you a ways and move it in a broad, wide pattern toward the direction you are taking it; sort of in a "plowing" motion. Hint: Always work with Mother Nature on your side - moving WITH wind direction. Ex. If you have a north-south driveway and a wind out of the west, walk the LENGTH of the driveway two or three times if necessary. Thirdly, Now that we got the stuff moving along, we're moving at a good clip, what else can we do to improve on efficiency? Well one thing is planning ahead. Ask yourself. "Where is the bulk of this stuff going to end up? (if there is a bulk) Scatter it out if it shows on the lawn. A good way to avoid this is keep as much stuff as possible OFF the cement to begin with. I've seen services COVER a street or driveway with grass only for their customers to track it into their houses and cars before they were done with the job. This is totally preventable. Also, and this is a good one, when you're approaching a porch and steps, SHUT THE BLOWER DOWN (to idle) go up on the porch and at low rpms, blow out AWAY from the house and then down the steps and proceed. This does two things. It keeps our "racket" away from the customers front door and it keeps all the clippings from hitting the steps, flying up and settling back down on the porch 15 seconds after we walk away. Quite simply, it's more efficient.

    [Edited by Runner on 11-20-2000 at 03:20 AM]
  7. jeffyr

    jeffyr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    Hey Runner,

    You should sell those instructions to Red Max or Echo for their instruction manual. HeHe.

  8. lawnboy

    lawnboy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 321

    Hey runner just wondering how many accounts you have because you seem to know everything:)
  9. grassyfras

    grassyfras LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,475

    thats what i wanted to know. thanks
  10. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Not very many! I've only been in this business for 17 years, so I'm still growing!:) (Also work full time for benefits) I take care of about 50 accounts, some of them multiple properties, most are full service, right down to the parking lots, and carry about 120 acres of turf. (in all) 75% residential and 25% commercial including government municipality. (2 locations are schools - hoping to land a third this year)

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