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How to do leaf clean-up?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Tyler7692, Aug 19, 2007.

  1. Tyler7692

    Tyler7692 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,086

    Hi guys.

    This is my first year (Not really, next year is when I'll actually be placing bids and advertising).

    Anyhow, I have 10 properties that were brought to me by word of mouth, most between 1/3 to 1 acre. I have no equipment to do a leaf cleanup (Like a big vac rig).

    I only have my 52" Bobcat ztr and blower and rakes. What should I do? I'm not raking all these lawns....that's ludicrous for their size. How would you handle cleaning up the leaves this fall?
  2. lawnprosteveo

    lawnprosteveo LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Messages: 1,930

    Ive had good luck mulching the leaves. If you can get a mulching kit for your Bobcat, blow the leaves out into the yard and mow them up. Lots of horticulture depts at universities have done studies showing that this isnt harmful to the grass. I charge per man hour.
    The good thing about this method, you already have the equipment and you dont have to go to the dump.
  3. srl28

    srl28 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,177

    Do you have a collection system/bagger on the mower? That would be best i think in your situation.. Otherwise blow the leaves out of beds and what not all into a pile in the lawn, mulch em up with the mower and collect that cause its then smaller and lighter.
  4. Tyler7692

    Tyler7692 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,086

    No, unfortunately no collection system.

    Steve, what all is included in a mulching kit?

    Could I just cover the discharge opening on the deck and use a set of high-lift gator mulching blades?
  5. Lynch Landscaping

    Lynch Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 218

    Get a strong backpack blower or a nice push blower thats what I use.

    SKAPES LawnSite Member
    Messages: 55

    Mulching leaves are a great idea. I used the mulch in beds.
  7. lawnprosteveo

    lawnprosteveo LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Messages: 1,930

    A mulching kit will have a discharge cover as well as baffles closing off each of the blades. Using a discharge cover alone will mulch but not nearly as efficiently as the whole kit. You will also leave a "slug trail" where its trying to spit out the leaves.
    Several sites will have pics of a mulch kit...Toro and Scag do..Im sure others do to. The cost will be in the neigorhood of $200 or so.
  8. Chilehead

    Chilehead LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Stockbridge, GA
    Messages: 1,956

    If customers want the leaves removed and NOT mulched, here's what I do: For a small yard I generally blow/rake the leaves and take them away in a tarp. For a big yard, I'll use my mower to make a pile or two of chopped leaves by driving it around in a spiral. I'll then use my tarp to remove them. It goes pretty quick this way, just make sure you have a strong back cause chopped leaves are fairly heavy.

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