Gum Balls

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cooksjr537, Mar 4, 2004.

  1. cooksjr537

    cooksjr537 LawnSite Member
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    This year will be my second doing this yard. The customer wants her gum balls raked up. I was wondering if there is a better way to gets these gum balls up besides raking them or cutting down the tree.

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
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    What, huh, you have lost me.
  3. cooksjr537

    cooksjr537 LawnSite Member
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    I call them gum balls or sticky balls I don't know the proper term for them.
  4. SCFF

    SCFF LawnSite Member
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    I guess you're talking about those pita little spike gum balls from the gum trees. The only thing I can think to make it easier is blow them to one area and then rake them up. I have a couple of yards besides mine with them and I hate em. So I hope someone else might know a more efficient way.
  5. cooksjr537

    cooksjr537 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the info SCFF
  6. Flipperneck

    Flipperneck LawnSite Member
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    If you have a push blower use it....if you have a good backpack that will work too.
  7. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    The best way to clean them up is to blow them. You can inject the tree to make it stop producing the gum balls.
  8. 1stclasslawns

    1stclasslawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    I used my 8hp lawn vac it did a great job.

  9. NickN

    NickN LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 1,010

    Man I had to establish alot of edging at a home today and those things were all around the edges.I use a walk behind edger and I cussed those things all afternoon.
    I'm gonna say it.You know me.....:) A pull behind sweeper will do a good job getting those up.

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