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clean-ups with mulch kits?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by DeWitt Lawncare, Mar 30, 2006.

  1. DeWitt Lawncare

    DeWitt Lawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 92

    How many of you clean up yards by simply mowing them with mulch kits?

    I've got a 52 inch turf tracer and a friend of mine suggested going with the mulch technique. He says it's way easier and just as effective as blowing everything on a tarp. What do you guys think?
  2. SEKscag

    SEKscag LawnSite Member
    Posts: 40

    I've heard of tons of people using the mulch kits. But I can bag off the stuff 10x faster than someone that has to keep running over stuff to mulch it.... I've tried both ways and IMO the bagging is the way to go...
  3. naturescape

    naturescape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,694

    It's the ONLY way to do a clean-up. Twigs, etc. have to be carried away, but other than that, I blow out all the beds, and then go over the lawn with a JRCO rake with the mulcher installed. After a pass with the rake, I raise the rake then make enough passes to mulch everything.
  4. naturescape

    naturescape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,694

    Sorry, but no way. What kind of mulch kit are you using? Using the ExM kit, it's the other way around for me -- mulching in a tenth the time.
  5. DeWitt Lawncare

    DeWitt Lawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 92

    I don't have a JRCO rake. Is that used to just loosen the stuff on the surface?

    How much is one of those?


  6. CompletePropertyCare

    CompletePropertyCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 64

    I just picked up my new 52 in turf tracer hp, I have a couple cleanups next week. I plan on pulling my dethatcher over the yard with my small kubota tractor and then throwing my bag on my w/b to pick everything up. I'm pretty sure I need to remove my mulch kit to bag, is this a pain.
  7. GStover

    GStover LawnSite Member
    Posts: 95

    With mulch kit installed, and after removing limbs/twigs, I run over the remaining debris with deck raised two to three times, and then install the bagger to remove any thing left over. It reduces the amount I have to bag tremendously. There are some lawns, however, that I only mulch to clean up...it just depends on how bad the lawn is, and if there's a lot of thatch build up from the previous season.
  8. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,164

    Yea kinda, i think the eXmark mulch kits are a pita to put on and take off, about 7-10 bolts, three pieces to it, then you have to put on this small angled piece of metal next to the chute on the inside of the deck, im guessing that having a floating deck would just make it harder too. i talked to a person at eXmark, they are supoosedly redesigning their mulch kit for this fall, just what i heard though!
  9. mulcahy mowing

    mulcahy mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    from ma
    Posts: 721

    when they make it less of a pita i'll buy one for the viking:usflag:
  10. Itzkcatz

    Itzkcatz LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 193

    my JRCO dethatcher just ran me 475 and 100 for the mounting bar. Thats for a 48 inch metro

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