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Cleanups in the Rain?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by crew, Nov 6, 2000.

  1. crew

    crew LawnSite Member
    Messages: 163

    It's been raining here alot and I find myself wishing I could do some cleanups in the rain. Is it possible? What are some effective techniques you have used? Any ideas most appreciated.
  2. Toroguy

    Toroguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,075

    I feel your pain crew. Im across the river from you and its been nothing short of a migraine with all this rain. I have been doing gutter jobs in the rain and trimming back shrubs and hedges. I dont know of any techniques short of erecting a circus type tent to keep the leaves dry.

    It looks like a wash out until Thursday.

    Catch a movie!
  3. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    The answer is to send the rain down to NC.
    Hurting down here.
  4. Nathan

    Nathan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 193

    You have got to be kidding. Over here in washington we work in the rain constantly. I can recall working for over 30 consecutive rainy days one year, no joking. What exactly is the kind of info you are looking for, I am sure that I have at least a few methods to help you out.
  5. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    We haven't had rain in over a month. Sucking leaves up with the mower is about the dustiest job you could have. Send some rain my way!
  6. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,411

    Same here, bob. I took to wearing a dust mask today, heck there were times I couldnt see the front of the mower. On the plus side, its so dry everything grinds to powder, I have yet to make a trip to the leaf drop-off.
  7. Toroguy

    Toroguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,075

    All of the leaves have fallen here and it has rained every weekday for awhile now. The leaves when saturated become "wet newspaper like" and present alot of trouble to vac or mulch. Throw in the stress of snow in the forecast, and you can imagine all the customers calls wanting their lawn done first.

    One could rake the leaves in the rain, that woud take alot of time and be a nightmare bagging or tarping wet leaves.

    Any suggestions?
  8. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Messages: 8,634

    You would know it. November has brought the rain in as usual here. Right when I need to be picking up leaves. BUt i dont try and do the leaf business in the rain or when its too wet. I know it will dry up soon. I have tried to do it when it is wet and it just added too much time to the job. Blowing wet leaves and wet drives extends the job time. Bagging wet leaves clog up the system too many times. Now i do work when the lower level of leaves are still soggy. Because yards never completly dry out after it rains
  9. powerreel

    powerreel Banned
    Messages: 481

    Don't move to Seattle, it rains everyday here but 2 weeks out of the year!
  10. crew

    crew LawnSite Member
    Messages: 163

    Nathan, I want to know how you pick up leaves when they are drenched without the problems noted in other posts in this thread. I really miss those dusty days of yore - me, my z and a cloud of pulverized leaves in my wake - smells like victory!

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