We are entering the beginning of fall color but that is quickly followed by leaf drop which will keep us quite busy through November. Our first frost overnight is also an indication of cooler weather and the beginning of the dormant season and thus our change in focus.
One of the biggest changes is the beginning of the end of mowing for the season. We are not done with mowing but are now mowing bi-weekly and as the rain sets in, will work around the weather to avoid lawn damage. We watch the weather forecast and monitoring conditions and will avoid mowing during very rainy stretches. We are sorry if some properties get a little shaggy, but we will need to focus on leaf removal and will try to take advantage of any upcoming dry stretches to complete our final mowing for the year.  
To maximize our leaf removal efficiency, we have 30 trailer mounted leaf vacuums, as shown above, which make quick work of picking up leaves. Our crews use blowers to consolidate leaves into piles or wind rows, then vacuums them up. During November, our crews work Saturdays to allow us to work on some sites without the normal car filled parking lots. We adjust our schedule to improve our efficiency and reduce our impact to customers businesses.
To aid in overall site clean-up we recommend an increase in parking lot sweeps during the fall. Combined with our landscape leaf removal efforts, increased sweeping will keep your site cleaner during this messy time of year. We are also happy to coordinate with your sweeping vendor to assure cooperation.
During the Fall, we will pick up over 20,000 cubic yards of leaves, that is over 1,200 of our trucks full of leaves or the equivalent of a football field covered with 10 feet of leaves. That is a lot of leaves but it is all recycled and composted into garden mulch for reuse. Some have asked if we do this ourselves but we don't. We instead utilize several existing composting businesses in the area as this is the most cost effective method and they are better set up to do this, their core business.