What is the Best Leaf Removal for curbs

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by nevilledevil78, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. nevilledevil78

    nevilledevil78 LawnSite Member
    from IN
    Messages: 5

    Hello I am new to this site hoping to get the help that is needed. I have a property with about 31 buildings with 600 Apartments. Leafs are my problem, we have trees here that are 30+ years mature and in the fall the leaf cleanup is HORRID..http://www.lawnsite.com/images/smilies/action-smiley-060.gif... I have been using 2 BillyGoats this year but so far I am spending more time dumping the bag of leafs than actually cleaning up. We are looking for a better method or machine to complete this job any help or suggestions are greatly appreciated.http://www.lawnsite.com/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif
  2. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    Welcome to Lawnsite. There is a ton of reading about how to deal with leaves. The Search feature will give you hours of tips.
    I can tell you that you will get many "opinions" here but you have to decide what works for you.
    I personally have a mulching setup that uses atomics on a Zero turn to reduce volume on a weekly basis without any bagging. At a certain point the reduced leaves can be bagged with the Walker. The reduction is amazing and vary effiicient for my operation. I don't get 100% leaf drop on most properties as the trees are different and their drop times vary from early October thru mid November. Even the thickest drop gets mulched to reduce volume. I used to dread leaf season as I tried to bag every week with the Walker. Now the Walker is for heavy reduced accumulations and final dust up. I don't mind leaves at all now. Others here have very good solutions for their own circumstances, my point is to give some new ideas a try and see what works for you.
    Good to have another member here.
  3. nevilledevil78

    nevilledevil78 LawnSite Member
    from IN
    Messages: 5

    The main issue is CURBS I need a machine that will work better for me on curbs than the billygoat? Any suggestions?
  4. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,746

    do you mean on the grass near the curbs or on the street/pavement against the curbs?...if on the pavement blow them into the grass first with a blower...i don't bother bagging leaves...i just side discharge them into the middle of the yard and then keep going over them until they go away...they don't go away 100% or anything but by the time you finish more leaves have fallen...the key is just keep on top of it mowing every week or two until all of the leaves have fallen.....it's easy to do it that way to me but you may not have enough space at an apartment complex so bagging or mulching may be your only options.
  5. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,725

    What are you saying that the leaves build up on the street along the curbs and so you got a mile or 2 of wet leaves to clean up each service? If that's what your talking about id lean toward a leaf box truck and tow behind a giant vac leaf loader designed to suck from the side perhaps even one of the big town models.
  6. Buddy Buds

    Buddy Buds LawnSite Member
    Messages: 147

    My Scag Wildcat and Accelerator catcher work pretty doggone good.
  7. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,510

    Blow onto the lawn then mulch into dust.
  8. nevilledevil78

    nevilledevil78 LawnSite Member
    from IN
    Messages: 5

    We have scags here is there an attachment that you would recommend?
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2011
  9. nevilledevil78

    nevilledevil78 LawnSite Member
    from IN
    Messages: 5

    Yes on the Road along the curbs I get what you are saying i tried that today just not a lot of room to mulch due to the small yards in the apartment complex... Great Idea though It does work very well... THANKS
  10. FoghornLeghorn

    FoghornLeghorn LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 753

    use a backpack blower to knock the leaves from the curb towards and into the grass, then mulch them. Otherwise your labor and corresponding profit will go out the window.

    The only time I ever bag leaves is on one project with a ditch. Then entire area leading into the ditch is xeriscaped in rock, so I can't mow/mulch them. After 4-8 weeks, if there hasn't been any rain to wash the leaves down, I'll have the guys bag the leaves.

    Otherwise, we don't bag leaves. Period.

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