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Gumball removal

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by derekarbeiter, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. derekarbeiter

    derekarbeiter LawnSite Member
    Posts: 233


    Any of you guys have a solution for gumball removal from sweetgum trees? Spring clean up takes time, but I am tired of using a rake and shoval for every yard I come across that has these. Any suggestions?
  2. robertsturf

    robertsturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,402

    We get 2-3 guys with back packs and blow them into piles and then rake on to tarps. Works for us. Beats raking the whole yard. Then all you have to do is a little touch-up with the rakes.
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    Gumballs ain't too bad, it's acorns I don't care too much for...

    But what robertsturf said, backpack blower takes care of them, so long it is powerful enough...
    So like the br-400 and even the 550 won't really do it right, but the 600 will.
    I always say, with blowers there is no such thing as having too much power.

    Pile it up, tarp and rake, easiest way.
    I've used wheel barrow and a shovel before, too, mostly for acorns.
  4. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,201

    I use my lawn vac I just set it a little lower and suck them up. Works great and saves time.
  5. modedicebox

    modedicebox LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 279

    We do some pretty large properties with gumballs, 3 br600's blow them to the curb or in a pile and suck em up with the leaf loader. Works great for us.
  6. david shumaker

    david shumaker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 721

    I try to blow them, but sometimes they are stuck in the ground and it can be a pain. I did some today on a small yard and just raked them into small piles and put them in trash cans. I've got a lawn vacum, but it's too much trouble to load it for just 1 yard.
  7. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,746

    There is a product from Mauget that once injected at the proper time of the spring just as the buds swell, will eliminate the flower from forming on the Sweet Gum stems. This will prevent the ball from forming.
    Look into Florel Fruit Eliminator.!!!!!!

    Other than that, there is nothing like a few good rakes--50 gallons roller cans and some muscle. Lawn Rakes are good to use, but even they need emptying........pain in the @#@!
  8. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,253

    I have actually heard of some people making a soup out of those gumballs!!!!They claim it is great, you couldnt pay me to eat those things!
  9. derekarbeiter

    derekarbeiter LawnSite Member
    Posts: 233

    Thanks for all the suggestions, looks like I use about the same method as anybody else. I wish someone would invent a machine to pick these things up. :)
  10. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,993

    Mow up as many as you can then grab the rake.

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