Fall cleanup questions

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Jordanfan20, Nov 13, 2010.

  1. Jordanfan20

    Jordanfan20 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 89

    I have a few questions about fall cleanup.

    At some houses there are ivy,bushes or ground cover that leaves get stuck in. Even If I run my backpack blower over theses areas the leaves don't move. I can get some of the ones on the top out but the ones that are deep don't budge at all. When you do Fall cleanups do you get the leaves out of these places? If so how?

    I was doing a huge yard today and it was so large that by the time I was finished with one side a fair amount of leaves had fallen and blown back into the grass. Do you guys typically clear these up?
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Those pesky leaves are the reason why I believe in having one of the most
    powerful backpack blowers, it's still a bit time consuming but it gets them out.
    Take your pick, br-600, ebz8001, etc.

    When that doesn't work, a hand held blower works wonders in those aggravating tight spots as well.

    I'll try and see if I can take a video soon, I've got a hat cam.
  3. Jordanfan20

    Jordanfan20 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 89

    I'm going to keep my eye out for one of those.

    So does the customer expect me to pick those up? I mean it's impossible with the equipment I have and raking them out wouldn't work either. This person has about .300 acre of ground cover
  4. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    I just use my backpack blower in most cases. I run Shindaiwa eb630s which are pretty powerful. In general, I don't worry about getting every last leaf out of ground cover. Getting 90% is pretty easy. It's the last 10% that's hard. A handheld shredder vac is a good choice for those cases you need to get extra special with getting leaves out of ground cover.
  5. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    I tell each and every customer I do clean ups on that I can't get all the leaves. I'll do my best but don't expect every leaf gone. If they get stupid and say they want them ALL cleaned up then I simply tell them to look elsewhere. If you try to get them all, you'd need to live there for a few months. Plus leaves blow in from other properties or wooded areas. Can't stop that so don't expect them all to be gone. Even the ones that fall while there doing it I leave for the next visit otherwise you might as well move in. It drives me crazy every time I see leaves dropping while there. I'm learning to ignore it. LOL
  6. gebby

    gebby LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 712

    We all know that you can not get every leaf in ground cover like that. As mentioned above you may get 90% of them. Just be sure to tell your customer up front what to expect in that area. If they expect more, charge accordingly. When they see you out there picking every leaf out by hand and placing in a bag at X they will realize too there is a point that it is just not worth it as well.
  7. Bumpmaster

    Bumpmaster LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,586

    Their was a thread on hear that showed a video of a homeowner using a shop vac to clean up leaves. This might be a good idea for those pescy leaves that get got in the ground cover. Just show up with a generator and a reasonable size extension cord. :laugh:
  8. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    I also will add that most customers with large quantities of trees usually won't expect them all to be cleaned up.
  9. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,779

    I don't offer fall cleanups, and after reading all these threads, I'm glad I don't. I will mulch leaves as best as I can with my mower, but that's it. I talked to a guy that does yesterday, and he said he got roped into it because his first mower had a bagger, so now his customers expect him to do it. He does them all twice, but only charges the price of a regular mowing each time, and admitted that was not nearly enough.
  10. RHill

    RHill LawnSite Member
    Messages: 89

    I agree, I don't "pick up" leaves. I will mulch them for the customer by simply going over the yard twice with my mower. After you are done you will reduce the leaves by 95 percent or more and the leaf mulch makes good fertilizer.

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