What is the best way to clean up leaves?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by justgettinstarted, Oct 25, 2008.

  1. justgettinstarted

    justgettinstarted LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    Mower w/bagger? Walk-behind vacuum? blower w/vac?
  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Not to sound generic, but it really depends on what equipment you have available and the conditions. For the most part, a wb vacuum is NOT the way to go. Sometimes a wb blower is more efficient, sometimes a mower itself moves the material faster and more efficiently (windrowing).
  3. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,219

    gas and matches
  4. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,931

    chainsaw....just cut the trees down an be done with it.
  5. Icepuck72

    Icepuck72 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 321

    I just blow them into the neighbor's yard and be done with it.
  6. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,319

    we use a backback sprayer to put a SMALL amount of gas on all of them and then lite them. the leaves burn and are gone before the grass even gets hot. you MUST do this when the leaves are dry though or they will smoke to much when wet. it will take you a time or two before you get the amount of gas to spray right.
  7. justgettinstarted

    justgettinstarted LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    Thanks, Corey. What brand of chainsaw do you recommend?
  8. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,931

    THere's only one...STIHL
  9. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,610

    You just can't beat the quality provided by hand work. Just pick them up, one by one, and place each leaf in your pickup. Drive real fast through another neighborhood to disperse the leaves.
  10. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Am I allowed to pick up more than one before I walk to the truck, or am I getting too greedy?

    Propane flame thrower, less smell, much faster and slightly less dangerous.

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