Solo man during fall clean-ups

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by gobblet, Jul 15, 2007.

  1. gobblet

    gobblet LawnSite Member
    Messages: 155

    We'll I have come to accept that this fall I will be doing leaf clean-ups solo. Since I have done this whole year solo so far. I will hire if I can find someone, but want to plan on being solo if I have too. My question is looking for any advise on equipment or products that might save me some time and effort(new or with current equipment-mulching unit,push blower cadies ect.)

    My leaf removal equipment
    Scag tiger cub with bagging unit
    Snapper 48inch hydro with bag
    2 shindawia eb8510 blowers
    1 little wonder 8hp push blower

    Some info on leaf removal properties that I have.
    All have curb pick-up or can be dumped on site
    Zero can be used on all properties
    Total mans hours spent last year removing leaves on the current properties that I have 232(man hours) which one property was 122(man hours by itself)

    Oh! by the way is this possible to do solo?
  2. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,085

    Use a blower to blow everything away from obstacles & then bag it w/ the mower. Then dump it in the bed & cover it up w/ a tarp.
  3. Southwest Lawns

    Southwest Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 51

    I have done it solo for three years now. My set up is Walker GHS and a redmax 8000 backpack blower. Purchased a 13 hp Billy Goat walk behind for this fall.
  4. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,910

    My wife does most of her leaf properties by herself. Walker GHS, 2 backpack blowers and a leaf loader on our 1 ton dump truck. The loader is mounted to the front and piped to the rear to make it easy to load and ump. Trailer for the Walker and blowers. Sometimes she just takes the Walker and dumps everything by the curb and when I get home or it gets dark she goes back and does the pickup with the loader and truck. Do a search on my user name and you will see pics of our truck setup.
  5. HydroCutter

    HydroCutter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 145

    I do by myself. I have a blower and a little wonder push vaccuum. I blow leaves into piles or up along a fence then suck up w/ vaccuum. I have to cart them away, so it works out nice b/c vaccuum shreds them to fit more into truck. I don't think a wheel blower works that well w/ one person. Just my opinion.

  6. RAlmaroad

    RAlmaroad LawnSite Silver Member
    from SC
    Messages: 2,257

    In SC the live oak trees do not shed their leaves until March--that right. Just in time for the grass to start to green up. And of course you've got to get them up before putting down any pre-em or fertilizer. It's uncredible how many of those small wooden leave can fall from huge live oaks-some spreading to 50 feet. I do not do leaves for my neighbors but only for myself.. Last year I had 60 huge contractor bags of leaves. I could only get 12 full bags in the Regular Chevy bed. I found that bagging them as they began to fall with a high vac mower did well. The thing was to get ahead of the curve. Mowing early in the morning when they are damp with dew helps with the dust.
    Not really to your plight but use the baggers early in the morning would help.
  7. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    122 man hours of cleanup on just 1 property???!!!
  8. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,085

    Rod, those are the figures for last year, not one time service.
  9. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,910

    carcrz, here is the quote. which one property was 122(man hours by itself)
    Looks like it was one property. I would be interested in hearing more from the starter on this property.
  10. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,085

    It is one property, I never said it wasn't. Those numbers are the man-hours for last year, not one event. Could you imagine what it would take to be at one place for 120 man-hours? As soon as you were done, you'd have to do it all over again.

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