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Fall Clean Up - Help!

Discussion in 'Bidding, Estimating and Pricing' started by Joana Williams, Nov 8, 2019.

  1. FitzRightMowingService

    FitzRightMowingService LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 271

    It is not something I do on a regular basics, if it helps me out I'll use it. I do not use chemicals so its usually just pulling weeds and cutting things back.

    What Is your method?
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  2. JFGLN

    JFGLN LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,589

    Mostly hand pruning and weeding. Minimal use of chemicals.
  3. FitzRightMowingService

    FitzRightMowingService LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 271

    Same here I hate weeding but I get paid well doing it
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  4. GrassManKzoo

    GrassManKzoo LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Kalamazoo, MI
    Messages: 4,914

    Mmm hmm :weightlifter:
  5. Idlewild

    Idlewild LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    No need for power equipment - just pruners. The begonia & petunia have probably turned to mush
    by now, so just pull. The seeded stems of the rudbeckia in photos can just be cut back to the foliage.
    As hort101 mentioned the dusty miller will sometimes make it through the winter, so just leave as is.
    As also mentioned, the asiatic lily, daylily & hostas can be cut back to a couple inches above ground, no
    worries. I don’t see liriope in photos, but if it exists, as a judgment call I would suggest losing it altogether.
    If you’re not doing this clean up maintenance until Dec., all this plant material in question will be
    dormant & you’ll know what needs to be pruned or pulled.
  6. hort101

    hort101 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from S.E. New England
    Messages: 18,983

    Ive had it survive in a protected area uncut for four seasons
    Another property it was cut to the ground and about 75% came back
    What method have you used?

    Good advice from everyone in this thread and agree its obvious once its been frozenThumbs UpThumbs Up
  7. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 16,187

    Hosta turns to mush once frozen--easier to cut it back before a killing frost. Just grab the clump and cut it off at 1-inch above the ground with a folding tree saw, (throw the clump into your compost bag.) Use pruners as needed. Pull out tender annuals. Same idea applies to most of the other plants. Perennials will come back--annuals will not. Arrange to plant new annuals in spring. Get customer's OK to cut dusty miller down to one inch. Plant new next year--and if some survives next year--skip that spot.
  8. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 16,187

    Accidental duplicate. Delete.
  9. XC skier

    XC skier LawnSite Member
    Messages: 237

    I'm with you TPendagast. If I can run the Stander over bed areas I will because it is a huge time saver.
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  10. rclawn

    rclawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 849

    Why are you doing estimates in the dark?

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