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Old 11-11-2015, 07:04 AM
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I've been mulching leaves into lawns rather than hauling them away since I began 7 years ago. At first I just didn't have the capacity to haul them, then when I did there was no one that would take them without a dumping fee.

Now that I have a zero-turn with a bagging system (Toro turboforce) I still mulch the leaves back into the soil. I continue mowing weekly up until the week before Thanksgiving and it's not a long process per yard.

For the folks that call only for leaf removal I'll go over the lawn 2 or 3 times and then put the bagger on and raise the deck half an inch to suck up the excess debris only. There is very little left to haul if they don't have woods to dump the particles into.

What are your opinions on this process?
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Do you ever have to deal with customers complaining that they want the leaves hauled off? Or ultimately as long as they are chopped up finely, they don't care?

Can you still do this with a lot of wet leaves on a property?
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I can usually pick my leaves with a bagger. Push comes to shove Ill go rent a Billy Goat for $50. And it has to be a pretty massive job for that to happen. One, the Billy's bag gets so damn heavy, its almost a two man thing. Two: The Billy shocks the living flip out of me, because its a natural electrical generator in the turbine chamber. Gloves....goes right thru them. Last year I only got three maybe four leaf calls. IDK why.... a lot of times the wind will carry them away before I get a chance to get them, and people are fine with that too, they really don't like to spend $100-$150. Let nature do it! I was gonna buy one of those Home Depot leaf vacs this year for about $499? As opposed the $1000 Billy Goat. For as little as I use one anyway. But with El Nino in full force, Texas is WET.....And I don't think the mowing season is going to stop, its just gonna wrap around and hit Spring...non stop. I may not have to worry about leaves.
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The Billy shocks the living flip out of me, because its a natural electrical generator in the turbine chamber. Gloves....goes right thru them.
Hahaha my Little Wonder push blower does the same thing when it sucks leaves into the intake. Certainly wakes you up quick. Better than a gallon of coffee.
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http://www.finegardening.com/improve...il-raking-less

I've been mulching leaves into lawns rather than hauling them away since I began 7 years ago. At first I just didn't have the capacity to haul them, then when I did there was no one that would take them without a dumping fee.

Now that I have a zero-turn with a bagging system (Toro turboforce) I still mulch the leaves back into the soil. I continue mowing weekly up until the week before Thanksgiving and it's not a long process per yard.

For the folks that call only for leaf removal I'll go over the lawn 2 or 3 times and then put the bagger on and raise the deck half an inch to suck up the excess debris only. There is very little left to haul if they don't have woods to dump the particles into.

What are your opinions on this process?
I blow all mine into a snow fence (helps if it is windy to confine them) where I have a leaf vac from a trac vac and suck them into the back of my truck that I have side racks on. It's fast and good money since the local landfill takes leaves for free for compost it costs nothing to dispose of them, some people ask you to dump them in their garden area. As far as a fast way to unload them I just use something like this which you can make also http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...6940_200576940. I also have the ability to bag as well and depending on the customer I offer that as an addition to the bulk leaf removal I also use a leaf plow on my mowers to speed the process up http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=...04AB90F6D04D5F which you can make yourself for little to nothing. Hope this give you some fresh ideas. Jeff @ http://www.onsitesweeping.net/

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