Hi Garden Banter Members,
My name is Ross Whillis and I am a product designer.
Recently I have been working on a product which removes leaves from
gravel without removing or displacing the gravel. The design picked up
an award in last years James Dyson Awards making the international top
If anyone is experiencing issues removing leaves from their gravel I
want to hear from you. Your feedback is very valuable.
Lots of leaves, lots of gravel.
I use a back pack blower.
What I could use is a larger container for moving the piles of
leaves to the compost pile. Tarps are a waste of time.
BTW, you posted to Garden Banter, but that site is gated to
Usenet, rec.gardens where I read and replied.
Thank you for reposting and for your feedback. It is very helpful.
Interesting to see the link, how much does it weigh all together. Also
what do you use after the leaf blower to put them into the compost
Leaf blower to piles.
I use a rake to fill a 50 gallon RubberMaid wheeled trash can
with a hinged lid.
The job would go quicker with a larger container on bigger wheels.
So far, I haven't seen one.
The top opening on a 50 gal is slightly smaller than the rake which
impedes filling the container.
My guess is that 100 gal would be too big to move and empty easily.
I end up with compost pile about the size of a van each year.
If I was bagging leaves I'd be facing different issues.
Getting back to leaves and gravel, I use a lot of 3/8 inch marble
chips in the landscape. The blower clears the leaves with very
little gravel getting blown around.
You'd do far better working on a product for removing gravel... only
an utter imbecile places gravel in a garden... after raking stones
from my soil I'd have to be brain dead to put stones back.
I wait for a dry windy fall day and ride my tractor mower fitted with
mulching blades over the dry fallen leaves, the mower shoots the
ground up leaves into a plile as I cirled arond and over the pile,
within a few minutes the leaves are shredded into tiny bits one can
barely see. Come spring they have amended the soil. I can't be
bothered collecting and composting leaves, too much time and effort...
I compost kitchen scraps. I mulch mowed gras too, no grass clipping
to deal wih. When clearing brush I make piles at the edge of the
woods for critters. I can't imagine normal brained people dumping
gravel in their gardens, what fools.
I can always count on you throw around random insults.
I've got gravel instead of mulch in some places.
Nice shiny white marble chips.
It looks nice and does not splash up onto the
foundation when hit by rain.
So, I'm an idiot.
You expect your garden to accomplish something?
I'm just looking for something that looks nice.
Come to think of it, I guess I do accomplish something.
The stones stop the mud, or mulch, or whatever from
splashing up and getting stuff covered with other stuff.
Most places I put the gravel, I can't grow anything anyway.
Nice white sparkly stuff where the shade is too deep to
grow anything. Looks good to me.
A rake, a shovel, and a wheelbarrow.
When I think of all the effort I expend
removing stones from my gardens I imagine
anyone buying pebbles to plant in their garden
I imagine an extremely retarded child that requires
They remove, or apply it just fine. If you know of better ones for
doing it on a small scale, do inform the Connecticut Department of
Transportation because I see their crews out manipulating gravel with
exactly those tools on a fairly regular basis.
Of course if you need to do it on a larger scale, dump truck, backhoe,
and grader become useful.
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