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Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by adforester, Nov 15, 2011.
The bigger the blower or vac, the less the rain matters
Ahh, I hate wet leaves.
I find that silver maples leaves are the easyist to move and vac when wet but norway maple and red oak
I agree. However, wet is much harder. Can't blow as far which means more dragging. Weigh a lot more. As for loading, my HTR1600 loads just fine when wet. Can get almost twice as many in the truck, the wet leaves smash down. At least you can get lawns done though. When the wind is blowing much more than 10mph I won't do anything much larger than a postage stamp.
Hmmm...I do my larger lawns when it's windy but they are mostly "blow to woods" jobs where you can use the wind to your advantage, unless it keeps chaning directions of course. I find doing the small lawns difficult when it's windy...keeping the leaves confined in a small area and escaping next door, across the road, etc.
But wet leaves will definitely wear you out, get you dirty and plain make you look and feel like you busted your tail all day.
I don't get to do any of the blow to woods jobs. In postage stamp yards, you don't have much to go back over after the wind swirls your leaves around. Ya, I did forget to mention the coal mine look of doing wet leaves.
I've got the "blow to woods" thing down pretty well. I generally don't make any piles. I just winrow the leaves toward the edge of the woods and stuff them back behind the brush and knock down any berms so you don't even see them. I try to get them in places where they won't blow back onto the lawn. The fact is that there are leaves all over the place in the woods anyway and some are going to make it back onto the lawn, but that's just how it is with heavily wooded properties.
Yes yes yes
leaf plow....great equalizer for the wet leaves. allow more time for sucking into truck
God I wish I could afford to be that selective but those days are very rare here. Winds that are 0-5 mph are as good as it gets and I tend to get perhaps 5 of them in a fall season and just to spite me one its almost always Thanks Giving. Now 5-10 mph winds are still decent but also quite rare fewer then 8 of them per fall season. Then comes 10-20 mph days that's our norm we get 2 solid weeks of them. Now over 20 mph is insanely difficult but doable on the right lawns. Over 30 mph and we get 5 or so of those days every fall and those are total write offs.