Sometimes I get sent out to do jobs solo and it suits me just fine. It breaks up the weekly routine and, to be honest, I enjoy having one day without employee supervision. And when the work allows for it, I even take the liberty of putting on an audiobook so I can learn while I earn.
I had one such utility day in December. It was a simple clean-up job after stump grinding. I knew the unit already because we originally brought in a rental stump grinder but it turned out that the stump was actually a bit of a beast. So we called in the big boy, a $60,000 machine.
I came in after for the ‘bitch’ clean-up work. This is what happens on the ground; what landscapers do every day. A maple tree dies and we take it down. Then we hire a stump grinder dude we know well and I get to clean-up the yard and top-dress it with aged mulch.
It didn’t look like much but there was actually a lot of saw dust to rake up. I filled up eight tarps, knowing full well that I’d have to lift them up into the back of the truck by myself. Always think about safety while lifting.
Once I finished the clean-up, then came aged mulch install. I parked as close to the work unit as I could (efficiency!) and I put tarps under the truck back door to minimize clean up time. And while I moved in the new soil I listened to an audiobook about sushi!
Always remember to do a courtesy clean-up blow. I had to make a few debris piles; and I also double-checked for any missed tools or tarps.
This last step will have to wait until spring when temperatures shoot up. Grass seed is very unlikely to germinate in mid-December. Putting expensive grass seed down in December would just feed the birds.