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CHEESE2009
10-24-2011, 01:14 PM
Just so you know, what looks like horrible tire tracks on the lawn - it's actually piping that the city placed down for a good 2 months. It sat there and killed the turf beneath it, NOT ME! lol

http://i920.photobucket.com/albums/ad41/breeze2009/FallCleanup.png


Just realized I put the same pic twice, missing one... dammit...

Steve
10-24-2011, 06:46 PM
Nice work Scott.

LOL when you pointed out those lines in the lawn, I was thinking you might have started a new late payment policy where late payers, get donuts made on their front lawn with your mower tires :).

CHEESE2009
10-25-2011, 12:03 PM
LOL! Damn that's a good idea!!!

Steve
10-25-2011, 08:22 PM
Oh here is a late payer's front lawn.

http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-snc4/27537_113095312067678_8314_n.jpg

CHEESE2009
10-26-2011, 04:48 PM
My leaf removal process.

1. Pile evenly
2. Mulch
3. Pile evenly
4. Pickup

http://i920.photobucket.com/albums/ad41/breeze2009/leafremovalbreeze.png

Hedgemaster
10-26-2011, 06:09 PM
Cool. I did my first leaf cleanups yesterday, and as mentioned in another thread, I forgot to take pics. Can you believe it - Hedgemaster with no pics to post? LOL

I had a pile like that one shown yesterday and there was too much volume to blow it all to the curb from the back yard so I raked the pile onto a big tarp and dragged the leaves out front in three trips, dumping them on the street.

Hey, when you say "pick up", what exactly do you mean? Pick up by hand/rake? Pick up with mower/bagger?

CHEESE2009
10-26-2011, 06:23 PM
Hey, when you say "pick up", what exactly do you mean? Pick up by hand/rake? Pick up with mower/bagger?


Well I mulch the leaves with the tractor at 4-4.5" without the bagger.

Then I mulch again at 3.5" without the bagger.

Then I pickup the leaves with the tractor + bagger at 3".

I also may cut the entire lawn afterwards at 3" or 2.5", just to give it a neater look. Mulching/picking up leaves with the tractor can get messy as their is no proper pattern to follow, so it's best to cut the entire lawn properly right at the end.

TAKE PICS!!! :D

Steve
10-26-2011, 07:17 PM
What do you feel is the benefit of that multi step process? Why not just use the bagger the first time?

CHEESE2009
10-26-2011, 07:46 PM
What do you feel is the benefit of that multi step process? Why not just use the bagger the first time?


Mulching it the first time has many benefits...

1. The leaves become more compact for bagging, so you save quite a lot of space, and bags.

2. You prevent the chute from clogging.

:D

Upscale2
10-27-2011, 03:17 PM
Everyone does things differently, however if that was a large parcel, like an acre, you would be there all day doing all of that work.

By your photos, I would have that area cleaned out and mowed in 1 hour.

Steve
10-27-2011, 07:48 PM
Everyone does things differently, however if that was a large parcel, like an acre, you would be there all day doing all of that work.

How would you do things differently? So he has something to compare and contrast his methods too?

CHEESE2009
10-27-2011, 11:48 PM
Timeline;

Rake / Garbage Bags
Pros: Inexpensive tools
Cons: Inefficient, tiring, and least profitable when it comes to time.

Mower / Garbage Bags / Standard Trailer
Pros: Easy to conserve space.
Cons: Requires constant switching of equipment.

Tarp / Dump Trailer
Pros: Fast.
Cons: A full tarp is heavy to lift into a trailer alone.

Vacuum / Dump trailer
Pros: No Idea
Cons: No Idea - probably expensive and takes up a lot of room for something used for less than two months.


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When I do upgrade my trailer, so that I have a section for machines, and a section for debris - I will still mulch the leaves and blow/rake them onto a tarp. I'd like to get a hydraulic dump trailer.

I could get a custom trailer, it would have this (picture below), but another section for my equipment before the hitch. Fancy stuff... $$$$$$$

http://www.remorqueslaroche.com/eng/bennes_basculantes/la-16/la-16_principal_2.jpg

Liberty Landscaping LLC
10-28-2011, 01:24 AM
Nice work! I was hoping to get a jump on everything this year so I call and ordered a tarp system for my leaf clean-ups on Wed. They said I can have it done on the Nov 8th so I book it. I check the weather for the week again to see if they changed it because they were calling for rain on Sat. (ya gotta check daily pretty much hourly and it's always different lol) and sure enough they are now calling for 1-3 or 3-6 (depending on the channel) inches of snow for Saturday afternoon to evening. So off to the yard in the am to fire up the 4 snow blowers and quickly mount one hopefully two of the three snow plows. Argh was hoping to get at least two weeks and not be rushed doing it this year.....guess again.

Steve
10-28-2011, 07:27 PM
I call and ordered a tarp system for my leaf clean-ups on Wed

What kind of system are you looking at?

Tarp / Dump Trailer
Pros: Fast.
Cons: A full tarp is heavy to lift into a trailer alone.

With the dump, would it make it easier because you could tilt the bed and that would help in the loading process? Or how would the dump help in this manner?

Liberty Landscaping LLC
10-29-2011, 12:38 AM
Steve
A small company near me makes them. The make a dome using multiple bent alum pipes and the tarp attaches over it. it has a flap that comes down in the front and the back that makes the leaves stay inside. It runs about 500 plus tax for the 8 ft dump insert version.

Martywdx
10-30-2011, 03:38 PM
Well I mulch the leaves with the tractor at 4-4.5" without the bagger.

Then I mulch again at 3.5" without the bagger.

Then I pickup the leaves with the tractor + bagger at 3".

I also may cut the entire lawn afterwards at 3" or 2.5", just to give it a neater look. Mulching/picking up leaves with the tractor can get messy as their is no proper pattern to follow, so it's best to cut the entire lawn properly right at the end.

TAKE PICS!!! :D
My pickup system is the same. I do put the mulched leaves on an over size trap on the trailer. When full drive them to my backyard reveen. Then slide the tarp off the trailer using the ramps. I live in a small town so my dump time is only about 10-15 mins. from any job site. When the leaves are on the wet side I use 2 tarps to split the weight.

CHEESE2009
10-31-2011, 01:16 PM
Leaf Removal for the property I cut in my youtube video. (The lawn that I caught fire on).

http://i920.photobucket.com/albums/ad41/breeze2009/leafRemoval1.jpg

http://i920.photobucket.com/albums/ad41/breeze2009/leafRemoval2.jpg

avetslawncare
02-25-2012, 11:57 PM
some work i did the past couple days, i'll post pictures of the backyard soon



http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg487/avetslawncare/bedatendofdriveway.jpg

http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg487/avetslawncare/bedatendofdrivewayafter.jpg

http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg487/avetslawncare/frontbefore.jpg

http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg487/avetslawncare/frontafter-1.jpg

http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg487/avetslawncare/avetssigninlangdale.jpg

CHEESE2009
02-26-2012, 12:33 AM
Wicked job!

I love before and after pictures!!!

stevef1201
02-26-2012, 06:06 AM
Leaf clean up with a billy goat

walk behind and suck up as many leaves as possible.
(10 to 1 compaction)

Rake as needed to get any "stuck" in the grass

re suck up those

Empty bag into back of truck as need

Take full truck to composter and empty (No cost unload except for time)

I get 100 bucks for a 1/4 acre yard, and use a blower to get the bed areas cleaned.

Why do you guys keep talking about using a mower and a mulch kit? That takes far too long