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Get on the stick with mulching

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Doc Pete, Nov 2, 2003.

  1. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,469

    I’ve only been about 3 weeks into mulching leaves for the first time ever. As with anything else though, I’ve gone off the deep end trying to make things more efficient.
    First off, a rider with spindle driven blower is the way to do for collecting the leaves. I’ve been mulching the leaves first, and then bagging and I’ve been compacting about 5 to 1 over just bagging. What you do afterwards is another topic.
    OK, so is it me or would a super high powered rider, running double or triple gator magnums with a spindle driven blower with a second mulching blade on the blower behind the first one, be “to die for”??? I ask you………………….
    I’ve been able to compact the leaves down so far between mulching first and the spindle bagging, that I know I could get away with depositing the leftover stuff from a complete lawn it 3 or 4 homeowner leaf bags. In fact, I've been doing 1/2 acre properties and ending up with just one 45 gallon garbage can.
  2. locutus

    locutus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Posts: 1,266

    If I had a lot of leaf cleanups, this would sound like a killer setup. With the few regular leaf cleanups that I have, I am doing rather well with gator highlifts and an accelerator catcher. The best I can tell I'm getting about a 4 or 5 to 1 ratio. Still a heck of a lot better than blowing and tarping IMO.

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