Collecting lawn debris

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All,
What kind of tool do you use to get all of the organic debris out of your yard? A rake would take forever, I'm hoping there's some other option. Our garbage people do take lawn waste, but I have to get it into bags first.
Thanks,
Josh
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Josh Kalish wrote:

If you've got alot of leaf matter, grass and etc that won't damage a mower and have a mower with a side discharge that spits the grass out the side you could mow in a circular pattern around the yard so that the discharge of matter is pushed to the inside of the yard.. This will make raking the final pile in the middle of the yard easier.
Needless to say if you have alot of sticks and large matter that will damage the crud out of any mower, or yourself while doing so, don't do this.
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What kind of debris, other than leaves?
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JoeSpareBedroom wrote:

Leaves, some twigs, crabapples, acorns.
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For the leaves, twigs & acorns, I think your best bet would be a mower with a bagging attachment. My Honda mower picks up pretty much everything including acorns & pine cones.
For the crabapples, your best bet is a chain saw. If you want the tree, you've chosen to accept the apples. Seriously, a rake and gloves are the most likely solution.
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On Oct 8, 6:48 pm, Josh Kalish

I'd second the mower/bagger recommendation. This is my typical fall cleanup routine, I tell the wife I'm going out to vacuum the lawn. Chopping the leaves up with the mower also allows you to fit more in a bag (although it is a waste to just throw it out. If you won't compost it, find someone who will. Leaves that are already chopped up, mixed in with other lawn debris and grass = instant compost pile).
Anyway... You can cover the bulk of the yard with that, then the crabapples would be easier to rake up since I'm assuming they are fairly well localized (i.e. around the base of a tree or two). That shouldn't take very long at all to rake by hand.
Cheers!
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On Oct 8, 6:48 pm, Josh Kalish

I'd second the mower/bagger recommendation. This is my typical fall cleanup routine, I tell the wife I'm going out to vacuum the lawn. Chopping the leaves up with the mower also allows you to fit more in a bag (although it is a waste to just throw it out. If you won't compost it, find someone who will. Leaves that are already chopped up, mixed in with other lawn debris and grass = instant compost pile).
Anyway... You can cover the bulk of the yard with that, then the crabapples would be easier to rake up since I'm assuming they are fairly well localized (i.e. around the base of a tree or two). That shouldn't take very long at all to rake by hand.
Cheers!
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Josh Kalish wrote:

The smell of leaves A nip of breeze The tell-tale slant of sun Animals put coats on Apples and baskets and hay bales If that's forever, Gimme a rake.
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On 10/8/07 9:53 PM, in article 470adf5e$0$10306$ snipped-for-privacy@news.qwest.net,

Lovely thought!
Here's hoping I can get an hour or two in today and tomorrow! C
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It doesn't if you use the right rake and the right technique. A team of us work in an 80-acre estate where we use large, light spring-tine rakes to clear de-thatched moss from fine lawns, leaf and twig debris from paths, collect long cut grass, clear autumn leaf debris from fine lawns etc. We collect moss and leaves into a tractor trailer and must rake tons per year. A couple of years back, the estate bought leaf-blower machines to help with leaf collection. However, we find that when working on such a large scale a blower takes just as long to make piles of leaves as a manual rake; and both ways, you still have to shift and stash the piles of collected leaves before wind disperses them again. Raked twigs are burned. Leaves, are stashed in big wire cages to rot down slowly into leaf mould (very useful for mulching ericaceous plants or propagating). I put a lot of raked leaves in my own mixed compost heaps.
Janet
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I've never seen a rake that required hearing protection, either. :-)
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Its called a compost heap. Another useful tool is called a worm.
rob
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Suck it up and rake. It can be an enjoyable activity.
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Buderschnookie wrote:

That all depends on how much sucking and raking there is.. Know when we moved into our new place it was far from enjoyable since there was so much cleanup needed before we could do ANY improvements to the landscape.
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Josh Kalish wrote:

illegal alien.
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Why not be a good American, Shelly, and pay minimum wage? Or conversely, write your congressperson and tell them to de-militarize the border because it is slowing down your gardener. You can't very well despise and need Mexicans at the same time. That would make you a hypocrite.
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Get up, stand up, stand up for yor rights.
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Billy wrote:

You're the hypocrite with your military border and minimum wage... up to you you'd keep slaves. I'm a good American. I served my country with six years in the US Navy, willingly and proud of it. My parents arrived *legally* on the shores of America in 1915 from Riga, Latvia speaking not a word of English. Within one year they learned English and became US citizens, they rarely spoke Russian at home. They were productive citizens and never even thought to be hyphenated Americans, they were 100pct Americans and proud of it. In fact my father enlisted in the US Navy at the outbreak of WWll, served in the south Pacific as SP Chief, he was Admiral Halsey's driver on New Caledonia. He was shot up pretty bad and within three months returned to full duty.
I have nothing against immigrants, so long as they are legal... in fact minimum wage is way too little for hard working farm hands... but they gotta be legal or go back where they came from, and quick!
I have no use for hyphenated Americans, they need to be shot for treason, you're either 100pct American or you're a traitor.
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Hmmmmmmmm........interesting.
I would then hazard to say that you and I both are traitors, along with Billy and Ann and all the other lying, thieving, murderous bastards that waltzed onto this continent and proceeded to commit genocide against it's native inhabitants, starting with the murderous spaniard whose day some of you just celebrated.
What a load of shit.
You stupid, arrogant sob. Your good fortunes and those of your parents were built upon the backs of a people that lived in harmony with the natural world. Playing the military service to country card is a cheap shot, when claiming that this is "your" country, and "legal" immigrants are the only ones that count. The military was complicate in the genocide, back then, and now.
Fuck you. You are just as ignorant and arrogant as I early discerned.
Charlie
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Charlie Coward wrote:

Hmm, romanticizing blood lust human sacrificing canabalistic heathens.
You're a coward who hasn't given a whit back to America, obviously an entitlement taker loser. You don't seem to like it in the US of A but I don't see you leaving... COWARD!
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Like I said, your ignorance is obvious.
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