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Old 05-24-2014, 07:45 PM
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Mulching and planting lawn

I'm wondering how well a mulcher gets roots and the bases of large bushes and smaller trees when planning on making it into mowable lawn afterward. Do you just scalp right in there with them or is it better to pop the root ball with the ex and just mulch the top?

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Old 05-24-2014, 09:33 PM
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I tried it one time on a large Blueberry patch. Had to reduce the patch by 50%, took out every other row cross ways and length ways. What a mess. I will use an excavator next time. I raked sticks and roots for ever to get it clean enough to mow. I ended up with 99 bushes left. A mulching cutter may be fast but what a mess.
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Old 05-24-2014, 09:58 PM
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Ok that's exactly what I was looking for. I'm ripping out loads of invasive honeysuckle, barberry and multaflora rose and was wondering what a mulcher would do with all of that. The root bases are big but I was wondering if it would pulverize everything into compost that I could seed right over.
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A competent operator with the correct machine will make all the difference

Compost no but it will decompose fairly quick
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Old 05-25-2014, 09:24 PM
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What do you mean by the correct machine ? Do different mulchers give different finished results?
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Old 05-25-2014, 09:25 PM
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What do you mean by the correct machine ? Do different mulchers give different finished results?
Yup. There's several different styles
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Old 05-26-2014, 12:20 AM
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Mowing some invasive species will only cause them to spread and re grow faster. Make sure you do your research.
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Old 05-26-2014, 12:38 AM
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Depending on how you plan on prepping for the lawn you could mulch it up and then Harley rake everything into a pile..
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Old 05-26-2014, 08:56 AM
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Mowing some invasive species will only cause them to spread and re grow faster. Make sure you do your research.
Nah. If you plant lawn and mow it every week there is nowhere for it to grow. You wouldn't be able to seed and mow unless the roots were basically gone anyway.

By the sounds of it, raking it all out with the excavator like I've been doing is probably better.

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