Let’s face it. No one really enjoys leaf clean up and removal. You’ll be cold, probably wet, and even with good equipment, leaf clean up takes forever! Here are the most common ways professional lawn companies work to get rid of your unsightly leaf debris. If you already know you want to hire someone to do it for you, contact Lawnshavers today for a free quote.
Mulch Leaves With Your Mower
Mulching leaves with a mower may be the fastest and easiest way to handle basic leaf clean up. Mulched leaves break down to less than 1/10 the volume of fallen leaves and can be absorbed by your lawn as a nutrient rich resource.
- It’s fast, easy, and inexpensive.
- Shrubs and flower beds still need clean up, but this most often happens by hand no matter what you do.
- Mulched leaves on the lawn can be difficult to bag without the right equipment.
Blow Leaves (or Tarp Them) Into The Woods
If you have an area of your property where you can dispose of leaves, use it! On-site disposal allows you to keep time and costs down. Simply pick up a leaf blower and get to work. You can also put out a tarp, rake or blow on the the
- It’s relatively easy, but can still take some time. This is the preferred method of lawn professionals if your property allows for it.
- Moving large quanities of leaves across your lawn can be time consuming. Even with the most powerful backpack blowers on the market, large leaf piles can be difficult to move. You may find yourself blowing leaves onto a tarp and dragging them to be as effective.
Bag Leaves For Curbside Pick Up
If you don’t have an onsite area to dispose of leaves, check your neighborhood or county for curbside disposal. If offered, it will likely cost less than professional disposal. Just bag your leaves and leave them at the road for pick up.
- You can rid your entire lawn of leaf and lawn debris for a clean look all winter long.
- It takes longer. Mulching piles of leaves and then bagging works best to move quickly and keep the number of bags a low as possible. If you use the rectangular brown bags, you’ll find bagging debris with a push mower (one where you can turn off the blade but the mower stays running) and then dumping the mower bag directly into the refuse bag will work best. If you bag without mulching, you’ll probably have to use about 10 times as many bags as if you mulch, and you’re going to bend over more than if you mulch.
A Few Notes About Professional Leaf Work
Depending on the size of the lawn and the volume of leaves, some professional lawn crews may utilize any of the above methods of leaf clean up. Since most professionals charge by the hour (plus disposal) for leaf clean up and removal, you should always have a thorough conversation about what work will be completed. Inquire about the method of clean up, method of disposal, and likely man-hours required to complete the job.
In some cases, a lawn crew may have a large leaf vacuum and/or dump truck available to haul away your leaves without taking the time to mulch or bag. Make sure to ask any lawn care professional how their disposal fee is calculated as it may be more expensive than disposing onsite or through local pickup.
How To Save Money On Leaf Clean Ups And Protect Your Lawn From Decay
There are two schools of thought on leaf clean ups. Pick them up as they fall or wait till all the leaves fall and only do it once.
What we’ve found is most of our clients don’t want a huge pile of leaves on their lawn all fall and winter while they wait for leaves to finish falling. Not only is it unsightly, but the longer leaves sit, the harder they are to remove in the future, and the more likely your lawn will experience fungus and/or decay due to lack of sunlight.
We recommend to blow loose leaves out of shrubs. Then mulch the grassy areas of your lawn weekly as the leaves fall and clean out flowerbeds when all leaves have fallen. Even if grass has stopped growing, weekly lawn maintenance helps keep your lawn healthy and looking good. It’s probably about the same cost as a one time clean up (after grass has stopped growing), but your lawn will look good the entire time.
Flower beds and shrubs often need leaves cleaned out by hand for best results. That’s why we recommend waiting until all leaves have fallen to completely remove these leaves. This way, your winter clean up consists primarily of cleaning out flower beds because your lawn should be relatively free of significant leaf volume. You can also schedule your flower bed clean ups to off-season shrub trimming and mulch installation so you’re not paying to clean out the same areas twice in the same three month period.
Does Lawnshavers Provide Leaf Clean Up Services?
Absoutely! Give us a call or visit our lawn care service page for a free estimate!