Is it a rookie mistake to do this?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cmo, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. cmo

    cmo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 203

    This will be my first season I've been asking a lot of newbie questions I greatly appreciate everyone here. The question is about leaf removal I have a husky backpack blower and I was just going to do the tarp and trailer removal method, but I don't know if that's what should be done. Also do most of you edge with a weedeater or do you have a designated edger. Thanks again love the site.
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  2. Vecchio Lawn Care

    Vecchio Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 905

    Not at all. I know a lot of people who string edge after many years of working. If I were you I would use the tarp and trailer method until you can afford a leaf vac or a bagger for your trailer
  3. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,649

    Tarp is ok, I mulcn the leaves and then bag them with my mower. You may want to invest in a stick and string edger, if you cant get both then the only opition would be a string trimmer
  4. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 6,309

    I trim with just a strong trimmer, its not easy at first but you get the hang of it.

    As for leaves, just do the tarp method until you generate some income. Don't spend all you money on a machine that will sit for 9 months a year.
  5. hemiman

    hemiman LawnSite Member
    from Earth
    Messages: 42

    I use a stick edger. It makes great lines and looks better than an edge done by a weed whacker
  6. echo

    echo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,696

    Depends where you're located as to how many leaves, how much time you have to clean them up, and how much business you have. Leaves are extremely lucrative depending on what part of the country you're in and how quickly you can get each job done and move onto the next. New equipment isn't necassary and good used equipment can easily pay for itself in a season or less depending on where you're located.

    Designated edger. Starting out you could look into a commercial combi unit with quality attachments. Will save you money and space. Depending on where you're located will dictate what all you'll need.
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  7. hamiltonenterprising

    hamiltonenterprising LawnSite Member
    Messages: 62

    What blower you getting ? maybe a used self propelled vac
  8. GQLL

    GQLL LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 846

    We use to edge with a trimmer. We switched this year to stick edgers and have had less complaints on over edging. It make a nice clean crisp line. This is on concrete, around bed edges is still done with a trimmer
  9. A. W. Landscapers  Inc.

    A. W. Landscapers Inc. LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,285

    I use an edger. The quality of my edges is one of the things that makes my work look better than certain other lawn companies in my area.
  10. cmo

    cmo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 203

    Thanks for all the great replies guys I will definitely just spend the 250 on a decent stick edger I've tried edging my house with my stihl weedeater and it doesn't look great like I want it to. I'm in Missouri as far as the leaves go. I'll just do the backpack blower and the tarp method to start off with. I'm not sure how hard it will be with me being solo doing the tarp method. Do most of you guys have a designated trailer for just leaves with high plywood walls?
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