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LawnMowerKing10
09-29-2012, 06:32 PM
Hey guys,

How many of you guys mulch leaves in the fall with your mowers? I was thinking about getting a mulch kit put on my 36 walk behind and visiting every property every other week or so. Do any of you guys do this? what do you guys think. Thanks

Florida Gardener
09-29-2012, 07:19 PM
I think you will get different responses for different parts of the country, but I mulch year round wether its a full kit or a plate. I think it's a good idea, but I don't know how much leaves your talkin about....
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Spring Valley Lawn Service
09-29-2012, 08:18 PM
I put a mulch kit on my 48 inch ztr. Will not bag leaves unless it is a have to case.

MDLawn
09-29-2012, 08:23 PM
I mulch them and then do an end of season final clean up. Easier, no complaints when the leaves are still falling on the lawn, make decent extra money for not much extra time, really depends on the area and how much leaf cover. As in I'm not going to wait 4 weeks then try to mulch. I'm mowing still during "leaf season" so I think it just works better. Sometimes the final clean up can be a lot but usually with the weekly mulching it ends up being just making sure all the beds are blown out and leaves mulched. I'll take away if needed. I usually leave at the curb for the town. I don't have a kit just mulch blades, not the wavy ones but the ones with the 4 "teeth". Shreds them pretty good. Just need multiple passes.
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orangemower
09-30-2012, 07:50 AM
I mulch them and then do an end of season final clean up. Easier, no complaints when the leaves are still falling on the lawn, make decent extra money for not much extra time, really depends on the area and how much leaf cover. As in I'm not going to wait 4 weeks then try to mulch. I'm mowing still during "leaf season" so I think it just works better. Sometimes the final clean up can be a lot but usually with the weekly mulching it ends up being just making sure all the beds are blown out and leaves mulched. I'll take away if needed. I usually leave at the curb for the town. I don't have a kit just mulch blades, not the wavy ones but the ones with the 4 "teeth". Shreds them pretty good. Just need multiple passes.
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I pretty much do the same thing as you. It works for me. I however have to start the removal process early on a few places. The leaves get over baring within a month to the point I can't keep up. That's when I start bagging and remove them. No curbside pick up here.

LawnMowerKing10
09-30-2012, 02:46 PM
I am hoping to just be able to keep up my mowing schedule during leaf season and just mulch the leaves every mow.

leon2245
09-30-2012, 03:07 PM
Do any of you guys do this?



HELL YEAH! That's just how we GIT-R-DUN.

'nuff said.

Scott's Lawn Maintenance
11-06-2012, 11:39 PM
I put the mulch kit on my old lazer z hp and decided to give mulching leaves a try . I was surprised at how well it did . Two passes cleaned it up enough that I didn't have to bag . When the leaves get a thicker layer will make a final pass with a bagging mower to clean it up .
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MDLawn
11-07-2012, 10:04 AM
I will say this. I have one place and now my own place which I moved to this year and mulching leaves is just not an option during the final few weeks. At my place I'm not too concerned with bits and pieces of leaves all over the yard as I have a good chunk of property. At a customers house, I can't have that, at one with a small yard where you can't spread it out. One thing that changed my perspective was picking up a leaf loader. No not a fancy 18hp billy goat, a very old well cared for 5hp parker unit. The ability to remove them without the need to drag a tarp, jump on the piles, etc... just made removing an easy task. If I needed to remove on more properties I'd need a larger loader for sure as this isn't the quickest loader but works fine. But like I said above, I can mulch for the first couple of weeks without a lot of debris but after that removal is the best option. It just looks better in most situations. Again everyone will give a different answer or opinion but when you have the right equipment for removal why not. I noticed another landscaper doing leaf removal on some of my neighbors places using a lawn tractor dragging one of those towable leaf loaders. Maybe not the most efficient but those lawns were SPOTLESS when he was done. He uses a regular zero turn for mowing if any of you are concerned about the lawn tractor. So it really depends on the place, your equipment, and what your standards are. I'm beginning to like removal better.

smitty's lawncare
11-07-2012, 10:24 AM
most of my customers like their leaves mulched until they are not visible, i do this with my scag wb with a mulching plate. i do have one customer who wants their yard bagged, i do this with my 22" toro. i really do not care for bagging because by mulching leaves, i do not have to fertilize as much in the spring.

hammmerhead
11-07-2012, 10:28 AM
I have to bag 90% of my work due to upscale residences. However, I do have many leaves to deal with on some of the established homes with large trees. I have tried mulching and it doesnt ever get the job done to my standards. I picked up an old chipper shredder and it has cut down the volume of my leaf removal volume by at least 500% I can pack huge amounts of leaves in my shredder bag because it shreds it so small. The only issue I have is covering the the shredded leaves on the trailer, because in the end its almost dust and make make a mess when transporting if you dont get it covered good.

orangemower
11-08-2012, 06:18 AM
I did a leaf clean up yesterday in Penn National. I had them all cleaned up bagged and loaded in my truck in 2hrs. Quoted them $200. When the lady opened the door, her first word was wow. LOL They moved up this way from down south and said they never seem so many leaves. hahahaha To me, it was a small clean up. I have others that take 4 trips to get them all.

evergreen70
11-12-2012, 12:06 AM
I mulch the leaves on most of my properties using my Kubota z-turn or ex-mark wb.I read an article that said lawns with mulched leaves especially Maple leaves had less weeds the following year.I figure the mulched leaves must leave nutrients in the lawn and i find that by mid spring of the following season the mulched lawns often look better than my bagged lawns.

elbow300
11-16-2012, 04:46 PM
We mulched leaves for years until we picked up a leaf loader. We are in a fairly heavy leaf load area. We noticed the very next spring that the lawns were healthier with the leaves removed. Now we try to convince out clients to at least let us put them in the woods if they have any rather than mulching if they don't want to pay for the vacuum pick up. No tarping and dragging either. Built leaf plow blades for the walk behinds.

STIHL GUY
11-17-2012, 07:26 PM
after i do a leaf cleanup i go over the lawn quick with the mulch kit to get the stragglers left in the lawn...a few lawns have minimal amounts of leafes so i just blow out the beds and mulch everything

Smallaxe
11-18-2012, 08:28 AM
We mulched leaves for years until we picked up a leaf loader. We are in a fairly heavy leaf load area. We noticed the very next spring that the lawns were healthier with the leaves removed. Now we try to convince out clients to at least let us put them in the woods if they have any rather than mulching if they don't want to pay for the vacuum pick up. No tarping and dragging either. Built leaf plow blades for the walk behinds.

What criteria is being used to make the claim that, "... the very next spring that the lawns were healthier with the leaves removed."???

What kind of leaves and why didn't they enrich the soil??? :)

integrityman
11-18-2012, 10:01 AM
Mulching leaves works very, very well. Ive used mulch kits on all my mowers. (Exmark z w/ Triton deck, Toro 40' WB and Toro 60' Z) On the lawns with heaviest leaves I go a litter higher on the N application in late fall. No hauling no loading. Blow leaves from landscape areas onto the lawn and mow away.

Darryl G
11-18-2012, 10:12 AM
I only mulch leaves at the beginning of the cleanup season when leaves are at the nuisance level. Once they start getting thick I either blow them to the woods or bag them. I don't like having to run a lawn over as many times as it takes to mulch up the leaves, and on some lawns with thin turf it's just too hard to "hide" them. For me, mulching works to a point, but beyond that it's more work than just collecting/removing the leaves.

Duekster
11-18-2012, 10:30 AM
Down here we actually have two leaf drops. Fall and Spring. We pretty much mulch them up on an on-going basis. Live Oaks drop in March.

Florida Gardener
11-18-2012, 10:44 AM
Down here we actually have two leaf drops. Fall and Spring. We pretty much mulch them up on an on-going basis. Live Oaks drop in March.

Same here. I HATE the live oak drop month. They get stuck in the St Augustine and you can't really get all of them.
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Darryl G
11-18-2012, 10:48 AM
If you think the live oak drop is bad, you should have seen the mess that the dead oak that dropped in my yard made!!!! :laugh:

Duekster
11-18-2012, 11:11 AM
If you think the live oak drop is bad, you should have seen the mess that the dead oak that dropped in my yard made!!!! :laugh:

Thanks for the :laugh:

Duekster
11-18-2012, 11:14 AM
Same here. I HATE the live oak drop month. They get stuck in the St Augustine and you can't really get all of them.
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You almost have to drop the mower down to 2.5 in late March. Hit with some N and raise the mower up.