to big or not to big?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by PRECISION LC, Nov 22, 2001.


    PRECISION LC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 145

    i am a single man crew, and one of my customers asked me to clean up her yard. in her back yard she has a tree area that is probally 20 ft. wide and 80 ft. long. i moved all the leaves against the back fence to it would be in a pile for easy tarp loading. but when i moved them all back i didn't realize that it was about about 1 1/2 ft. deep and 2 ft. wide pile of leaves all the way down the fence. it is too much to fit in my truck and on my trailer. i know i could make a coupel trips to dump but it is a 30 mile round trip route. so i am asking what shall i do?
  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    What are you cutting with? Chop it all up, spread it, and keep going over it, spreading it out. Then, pick up the small remainder of it. Just dust.;)

    PRECISION LC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 145

    i have tosed the idea around of spreading it back out and sucking it up with my walker ghs. but it has a bark mulch floor covering.
  4. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774

    Now that you have the leaves all in a windrow. start driving over it with your mower. If you have a walk behind, push down on the handles to hold the front up so it doesn't plow as much. I do this over areas with leaves, and just keep going back and forth GRIND-GRIND-GRIND....DUST-DUST. Reduce your volume of leaves until it looks like a managable amount and your mower bag won't fill up right away. I have the bag on the whole time, it fills up the first pass and I just keep going the bag is like my mulching plate. then I dump the bag and go over the yard to pick up and bag the little pieces that are left. I have a Grass Gobbler so the steel mesh lets the finerpieces blow through also reducing the volume I have to haul away.:) :)
  5. AztlanLC

    AztlanLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,051

    If things get so complicated why don't sub-cont. to another LCO with a vaccum just put'em by the curb or route, just an idea cause sounds like even if you go 100 times over it's still going to look messy
  6. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 1,517

    Tarp them onto a grass surface, and then multch them to death, and pick up the remeinder as was suggested.

    Two days ago, I had my guys hall out, in the neighborhood of 500-600 gallon of maple leaves, that were crammmed into trash cans, out of a back yard and onto a 15 by 25 food patch of grass. I just mutched them as they came out of the back yard, and when done, picked up a couple gobblers and left. Looked good when I left, and by the way, I already had multched a huge pile of leaves that was there before we started on the back yard. Have fun.

  7. keifer

    keifer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    Do your best to think how long it will take. then add half the time to it just to make sure your not under. ex if you think it will take 10 hours add 5 to it plus gas.

    CLARKE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 145

    I think you need to buy a dixie chopper or any mower that
    can chop up the leafs to DUST,, YOUR WORKING TO HARD..
  9. Craig Turf Management

    Craig Turf Management LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 354

    How big is your truck? How big is your trailer?
  10. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Messages: 3,256

    Save yourself some time and trouble (and go home clean), call someone to vac 'em up!
    I know many here say to mulch and if it works for them, great. But I know for some of my lawns it won't work. The reason there are a lot of leaves on these lawns is because there are big trees, which means thin grass underneath. You can't mulch leaves into dirt! If you have thick, lush grass then you may be able to get away with it. If not, then the leaves gotta go.

    I put the micro mulch kit on, and I put the doubles on. Then I chased leaves around the lawn while encased in a cloud of dust and dirt that I couldn't get away from. It was ridiculous!.

    Called someone from the paper and he comes out and sucks them up. I just have to get them to the curb.
    Then me and my mower go home clean.:D

    (That's not really true, I don't even bring the mower with me now).

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