Property w/ Years of Old Grass & Debris

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by ds_meyer, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. ds_meyer

    ds_meyer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Hoping for some personal advice:

    I've acquired a property that has about 250' of fence line (chain link). On both sides of this fence the prior owners dumped their grass clippings, and branches from tons of pine trees in the area.

    The ground is now very lumpy and knee deep in some areas, and of course full of weeds.

    What is the best (and/or cheapest way possible) way to go about cleaning up such a mess?
  2. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Ark
    Messages: 5,791

    Best and cheapest usually aren't the same.

    Skid or tractor with blade/bucket maybe
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  3. ds_meyer

    ds_meyer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Thanks for the reply ArTurf... I was afraid of that, was really hoping for some alternative.
  4. hal

    hal LawnSite Senior Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 962

    Cheapest, burn it.
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  5. Koehn's Lawn Service

    Koehn's Lawn Service LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 538

    Cheapest way don't do it lol
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  6. Matthews Lawn Care

    Matthews Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,218


    Burn it or rake/dig it out


    Hire someone to do it
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  7. redmax fan

    redmax fan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,818

    could you drive a truck with a snow plow along fence ?
  8. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,219

    Mini excavator
    It’s been there for years

    Access for machinery is going to be a problem

    Definitely should have considered the cost of this before acquiring the property... unless it was through inheritance rather than purchase.

    Everything worth while has a cost
    That’s why it’s called RETURN on INVESTMENT.
  9. snowjeep

    snowjeep LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 478

    Not sure how bad it is. maybe use a small tiller after you pull out sticks. then rake it flat and top dress and seed. wont be easy and will be time consuming.
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  10. hort101

    hort101 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from S.E. New England
    Messages: 16,140

    Without seeing or pics hard to see the scale of the mess
    Burn or haul off the wood
    Compost or haul of the clippings
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