Tips on keeping beds clean after shrub trimming?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Petr51488, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,377

    As this title states... anyone have any tips on keeping the beds clean after trimming them? I use mesh tarps, but that gets annoying fast. Its also a pain to spend more time cleaning the beds then it does actually cutting the shrubs.
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Yeah I somewhat dislike that part of it too, which doesn't help.
    Idk man, I just rake it out and blow it out best I can, seems for every 5 minutes of trimming there's 20 of cleanup
    and then I can't ever get everything out of there either.

    The below excludes what we're talking about (rake and blower and tarp):

    Cover with mulch afterward looks good, thou this does cost but a few customers go for it.

    Depending on location, I've blown / raked it into the grass and then went ahead and mowed the lawn,
    mulching the stuff saves time and money but it doesn't work for every customer, some are ok with it.
    Other times it is possible to leave it there, but again it's very situation specific.

    Any other ideas I'm all ears too.
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2009
  3. nosparkplugs

    nosparkplugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,444

    What about the Garden Groom Electric hedge trimmer System:):rolleyes::laugh:

  4. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    stihl and echo make a hand held "shredder /vac"...fwiw
  5. jeffex

    jeffex LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,933

    rake back a layer of mulch before you trim. blow the debris out of the beds after trimming and rake or blow a clean layer of mulch back in to place. On foundation beds I rake the mulch away from the house and blow the debris towards the house and then out one side. Canvas painters tarps work better than mesh tarps due to flexibility but still are a pain.
  6. AA+ landscaping

    AA+ landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 208

    I got a littlewonder vac. I think it will work great for picking up all trimed bushes. I got the hose kit it worked get for clean up leaves in beds.
  7. ALC-GregH

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

    I keep hearing "blow" the debris out of the beds. Every time I've blown into the beds, it blows mulch all over as well and just thins out the debris. If I continue it will blow the mulch into the grass. Any tips on this? Tarping each bush like your a barber can take some time to deal with.
  8. The mayor

    The mayor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 592

    We use leaf rake and some light blowing with the handheld. Works decent...not perfect. I am sure there is a better way.
  9. Merlin300

    Merlin300 LawnSite Member
    from Zone 5
    Messages: 156

    You can laugh if you want but, 3gal empty plant containers side by side touching catches ALOT of clippings. Dump them in a wheel barrow when full. It does not catch all of them, and only works on the taller shrubs. It does keep clean up to a minimum.
  10. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,379

    Im interested in a hand leaf vac would it work?

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