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pine needles, best way to remove...

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by dapozer, Mar 12, 2006.

  1. dapozer

    dapozer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    I have a property with 6000 sq foot of pine needes laying on grass wich I need to remove. What is the best way to do this. I am thinking of raking them but will a yard vacum do the trick? Any suggestions.
  2. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,758

    Do you have any equipment? My Exmark with the bagger will make short work of that job in a hurry. I have also (for the cheap clients) mulched it up using gators. Another way I did it before I had what I have now is to windrow it then rake it onto tarps, this is a cheap easier way to do it than raking the whole yard. Also another thing that works OK is one of those pull behind yard rakes like sears sells, I think they call them agrifabs but cant remember the exact name but a lot of homeowners here use them on straw.
  3. zim bob the landscaper

    zim bob the landscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,706

    u could suck them up and then rake them up. me and my bro started a pine needle compost for blue berry bushes and such.
  4. westwind

    westwind LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 444

    De-thatcher and vac. Worked for me, but now we have a sweeper!
  5. POPO4995

    POPO4995 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,208

    My Deere MC519 Cart system works great for me! :laugh: That thing could suck a golf ball through a garden hose!;)
  6. jpp

    jpp LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    If they are too thick we blow and put on tarp. After that we use the mowers with baggers and suck them up. Leaves the yard nice and clean
  7. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    Use a bp or push blower, blow all the needles into one spot then tarp/bag/go to dump.
  8. MysticLandscape

    MysticLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

    My walker makes short work of pine needles, but sometime they need to be loosend up, but i have gone through 8 inches of them with no problem, and they pack very nicely in the hopper.
  9. chriscraft

    chriscraft LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    sealed much kits work well. but they need to be removed in theory. pine needles are very acidic and they lower the ph of the soil to drastic lows, causing greass to die. grass liek soils of 6.5-7.5 ph. you can raise this by adding calxium sulfat (gypsum) we do this regularly on heavily pined landsacpes and yards. ever wonder why grass doesnt frow under a pine tree/? its not the shade to the extent it is the acidity of the soil.

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