Bobby, your thoughts? (or anyone else)

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by marko, Apr 7, 2005.

  1. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
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    Bobby,
    I have read your clean up threads and am interested in your procedure for your leaf clean ups. I understand you use the meg-mo's. Do you side discharge and go over the lawn 2 times, then catch? Or do you mulch 2 times then catch? My dilemma is not wanting to catch grass (not leaves), but it being a PITA to convert from mulching (removing the baffles) to catching. Can I get away with removing just the last baffle covering the discharge and be able to catch or side discharge? The mower is a 36" Toro. I set up doubles last night (Gators over normal lifts) but did not notice much of the pulverizing on the leaves with normal side discharge. I want to mulch all year, then do my leaf cleanups by either leaving it as all mulching or all side discharge/catching.
     
  2. Joel B.

    Joel B. LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Posts: 458

    Well, here's what I do:

    Blow leaves out of bushes, away from buildings, off paved areas, etc. and onto the grass.

    Mulch (sometimes once is enough, sometimes more, depends on amount of leaves) with my WB. This takes care of about 95% of the leaves.

    If the customer wants the lawn to look even nicer, I'll then bag it with my tractor/bagger. It really does a nice job.

    After mulching a lawn a couple of times and thinking it looks pretty good, it's amazing how much the bagger still picks up.

    Joel B.
     
  3. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
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  4. packerbacker

    packerbacker LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I do the same thing as Joel but I only mulch for one cleanup. After that I catch all the clippings and leaves. It leaves way to much thatch from the mulched leaves on the grass to do it more then once.
     
  5. Tn Lawn Man

    Tn Lawn Man LawnSite Senior Member
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    OCDC.....I like it much better than a mulch kit.
     
  6. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ive considered these, but wont I still need baffles to keep the grass from just bouncing off the inside of the OCDC and creating a row?
     
  7. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    run leaves over twice while side discharging. go over once with catcher. make another pass without catcher.
     
  8. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thank you Bobby
     
  9. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
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    you see, you think you're gonna get that "vacuumed clean " look by using the catcher. but it's just the opposite. the last pass should be made with no catcher and grind those crumbs up to dust. meg's have saved me litterally thousands in disposal in only the short time i've had them
     
  10. lawnandplow42

    lawnandplow42 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 508

    or blow the leafs and carry them away
     

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