looking for vacuum truck for Fall leaf pick up

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  1. FIJI

    FIJI IZ Kamakawiwo'ole lives! Premium Member

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    Looking for a person or company with vacuum truck to pick up leaves this fall. I have a large lot with LOTS of trees.

    I can usually do the hard part to get them in piles/rows, so a truck can pull right up.

    Need a REPUTABLE referral....... one that will actually show up. We've had multiple of the "no show" kind.

    Locations = South end of Auburn Hills near Troy

    anyone have a referral ?

    thanks
     
  2. CrawlerHarness

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    Never used one....but the neighborhood does. I think they can only pick up about 2' or less from the edge of the road.

    Why not get a tractor vacuum on the back of your lawn mower/tractor?
     

  3. FIJI

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    Because they still need to leave the property.

    70+ trees = way too much to mulch or compost
     
  4. FIJI

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    2018 - Part of the 78 bags from the front (1/4 acre) yard.
    The back (3/4 acre) is where most of the trees are !
     

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    Wow. I have 3 gigantic maples (plus neighbors residual leaves) producing about that many bags a year. At least 4 different rake-n-bag events to come to reach that amount.

    But you've got at least 3 times that many more~!?
    I remember when we could burn em.....
     
  6. FIJI

    FIJI IZ Kamakawiwo'ole lives! Premium Member

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    we can burn (within a limited window). But it takes a couple days! Plus the last few years have been so wet that burning wasn't an option.
     
  7. CrawlerHarness

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    Are the leaves run thru the mower deck before they will be moved to the front yard? That will densify them about 3X (guessing). If you use a tractor vacuum.....they probably get densified about 5-10X.

    I know you have a pain on your hands......a little experience with 40 maples myself. You should consider building the compost pile and ultimately building some hills in your yard.

    Especially since the maples you have will require (3) pick ups since the leaves fall over some 4-5 weeks and into late November typically. There is no way you can hold the leaves or wait to pick them up all at once. And if you put them in a pile......the wind will unpile them.
     
  8. WALLEYE MIKE

    WALLEYE MIKE Staff Member Admin Super Mod Mod

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    Or mulch them more often than once per week.
    Mulching system on my mowers did an excellent job on even the the thickest leaves. (tried to get them 1/3 at a time) I mulched leaves so thick you couldn't see grass when starting and still came out well.
    Maple leaves mulched the best. Oak leaves so so. Small leaves like locust not much.
     
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    Far Beyond Driven

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    2+ acres, heavily wooded. 80-100 10'x12' tarps pulled into the cornfield to the north. If the farmer ever tells me to stop, the chainsaw is coming out...
     
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    This is my first year mulching. I have just over an acre that I mow and there are 7 maples and 5 oaks in there plus neighbors and my woods out back and to the side. So yeah, leaves are an issue. I clean my gutters multiple times a year.

    I installed the mulching kit and I was skeptical, but man it works great. Oregon G3 blades chew it right up.

    I told my wife that my proudest "Dad moment" to date was wanting to tell everyone how badass these blades were. Lol

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    Raise your mower deck, sharpen your mulching blades, and get after it every couple days. If you do it now, half of the leaves will be composted by the time the ground freezes.
     
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    Wow......How do you get grass to grow underneath that canopy?
     
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    I will have to take a look into that. Since I run 3 mowers.....I could always just put the Oregon G3 blades on the smaller 48" mower and try it.
     
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    I bought a "mulch kit" for mine too. It's just blocks off the discharge opening and forces everything to be mulched up and not blow away everything.

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    "Wow......How do you get grass to grow underneath that canopy?"

    Poorly.
     
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