Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Ross's Lawn Service, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. Ross's Lawn Service

    Ross's Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    Messages: 36

    A bunch of my accounts are going to want me to remove the leaves from there properties this winter. What is the best way to do this? rake and tarp? Do they sell a leaf remover? any help would be appreciated!!!
  2. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2,169

    do a search..... there is a lot of different techniques and ways to do leaf removal. Its also dependent on your equipment. they sell truck loaders, but unless you have a way to get them out of the bed of your truck, that wont do any good. mulching then bagging with the mower works well in some places.

    what equipment do you currently have? and how big are these accounts?
  3. nosparkplugs

    nosparkplugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,444

    what type of equipment are you currently using; because I would think raking & tarp would be labor intensive
  4. Gardens55

    Gardens55 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

    Might take you a while with a rake. How about a leaf blower?
  5. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,347

    The best way is too remove all you can on a weekly baisis so you keep your accounts going year round if at all possible
  6. Dunlaps LawnCare

    Dunlaps LawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 400

    leaf blower
  7. Ross's Lawn Service

    Ross's Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    Messages: 36

    I have a backpack blower. What do you do just blow the leaves on tarp? thanks for the tarp? thankss
  8. ALC-GregH

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

    The blower is a small portion of what you need. I'm preparing myself to do leaf clean-up this fall. I have a Tiger Cub with 16 bushel bagger, a leaf vac/blower, rakes and other small tools. I also have a place within a mile that I can dump them for $5 a load! All I need to do is line them up :)
  9. F.S Lawn Care

    F.S Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    I blow all of the leaves into a pile and yes, I use a tarp to throw into the trailer. I built gates on the trailer so it can hold about 5 times as much as without gates. If I was ever doing a ton of jobs I'd invest in one of those things that can suck it up and shred it into your bed. I only did about 15 or so jobs last fall and a few this spring so it would have been pointless. It's pretty easy work.Go over it all afterwards with a mower and bag everything to make it look nice.
  10. EWIRedMaxRep

    EWIRedMaxRep LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    Check out www.giant-vac.com Many of the hitch mount loaders will swing away to allow removal from the truck bed and some allow the inlet to be swiveled around so you use the suction hose to unload the truck. There is even self contained 5 and 10 yard models available. Most of the models can achieve 12:1 reduction in dry conditions. I have even heard of cutters buying a unit and contracting with other cutters to pick up and dispose of leaves. The Cutters blow the leaves curbside at a scheduled time and the contractor comes by vacs them up and charges by the curb foot. Can help defray the cost of a unit, fuel etc...

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