Fall clean up. A whole neighborhood

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by TPnTX, Dec 2, 2008.

  1. grassyfras

    grassyfras LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,475

    Blow beds out. Mow everything in one direction to the street. Use your mower or a leaf plow to put into piles. You can mow over the piles with your mower to make them smaller if you want. Than just tarp them or rent a loader.
  2. Greenboy24

    Greenboy24 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 297

    You definately need to invest in some more equipment and the thing that would help you the most is a leaf loader, You have 400 houses to cover the cost of the machine, it should be no problem......You'll pay for the loader in a day and then you have an extra piece of equipment thats paid for that you can use to make some money!

    You won't be able to get them done in a timely manner without a loader, esp since I'm assuming you have many other accounts that will need cleanups as well....like someone else said, if you don;t have a dump/dumptrailer you need to buy one along with the loader
  3. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,008

    I dont get it. 400 homes even small should buy you a decent loader and still leave some money in your pocket. The cost of labor will far outweigh the cost of a loader. Get in get it done and get back to your regular clients. I have got to ask. What are you getting for this HOA?

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    if you chop the pleves before blowing them to the street you could fit a ton more in your trailer
  5. Tyler7692

    Tyler7692 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,086

    Dude, you need a leaf loader. Bottom line.

    SILVERSTREAK INC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    i say leaf loader too, no other way, and that trailer with the sides and a mesh net over top, ideal would be a dump truck with a loader on the back

    blow everything into piles like the big boys do it and its a simple process, 2 backpacks to get it done and your leaf loader
  7. capetan

    capetan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 226

    +1 for the the leaf vac loader ...... 400 homes is a lot, that should be at least 30 to 40 grand worth of work, good luck
  8. TPnTX

    TPnTX LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,775

    its a lot more than that.

    heres a better pic showing the average yard

  9. TPnTX

    TPnTX LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,775

    the company thats been going it bagged them.
  10. TPnTX

    TPnTX LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,775

    I've checked everywhere and no one rents loaders around here.

    You never them anywhere either. I don't think I've ever seen anybody with one. I know several LCO owners a couple quite big. They don't have one, never have.

    The two big dealers around here don't carry them or know anything about them really.

    I've never seen one for sale. I think they are rare around here.

    We just don't have the number or types of trees like you do elsewhere.

    This will definately be the only job I would use one on at this time. My biggest "leaf" customer is on about 1.5 acres and has some pretty bigs trees. I just mulch it down.

    If I could find one to rent I'd do it.

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