So how do you do this?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Willofalltrades, Oct 25, 2006.

  1. Willofalltrades

    Willofalltrades LawnSite Bronze Member
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    How do you cut and take care of leaves when the machine you rely on the most can't go on the lawn. We have gotten a lot of rain and some snow the last two weeks. I normally just blow the leaves onto the grass and suck them up as I mow. Well my Walker is definatly to heavy to use on my yards because of the weather. Should I let it go and hopefully it will dry up enough in the next week to take care of them? I have some yards that haven't been touched for 2 weeks now and I'm stressing out about it. Its currently to wet to even use a Walk Behind. Its killing me because these yards look like crap. Any suggestions?
  2. turfsolutions

    turfsolutions LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 853

    Same situation here. RedMax backpack blowers, rakes, tarps, and motrin. Have a nice fall.
  3. Willofalltrades

    Willofalltrades LawnSite Bronze Member
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    should I let the grass go?
  4. mountain man

    mountain man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 141

    Let the grass go. If it is too wet then you can't take a mower on the turf. Use the Red Max and tarp out the leaves.
  5. stumper1620

    stumper1620 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,889

    I have had the same problem around here, dry and chilly today, better tomorrow, rain friday and then supposed to warm up (50s) for the better part of next week, I say hold off a day or 2 I'm going for it starting tomorrow.
  6. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Messages: 4,899

    Its way to early to start stressing about leaves. I bet there still plenty on the trees. Hold off till it warms up and drys out some, we have not even had Indian Summer yet.
    Now if you still have not had a chance by Thanksgiving then start to stress
  7. Willofalltrades

    Willofalltrades LawnSite Bronze Member
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    But some of these properties haven't been touched for 2 weeks and I simply can't take a machine on them. The customers don't want to pay for me to come in and rake.
  8. Willofalltrades

    Willofalltrades LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Did I mention they look bad?
  9. Billz

    Billz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 181

    believe me, a simple call to your customers explaining that you will mow as soon as the ground hardens up enough is all you need to do. No one wants a yard with giant muddy black ruts in it and they will understand. Now that might be a good time to upsell them on leaf cleanups, that way if they dont want to pay for it, they just wait.
  10. pcarlson1911

    pcarlson1911 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 89

    I have blown the leaves onto a hard surface such as the driveway or street once there, I mow over the top and the bagger picks them right up. Takes a bit longer, but I don't destroy as much turf!

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