Gumballs

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Richard Martin, Mar 12, 2001.

  1. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    How do the rest of you clean up gumballs?

    There are a couple of ways to do it here.

    One of my competitors cuts the grass real short and drags a lawn sweeper behind his Scotts 20-48. He tells me the sweeper gets real heavy because of the dirt it picks up.

    I use my backpack blower to blow them into piles and then I put them into a trashcan and finally in my truck.

    For those of you who are wondering gumballs are the seed pod that falls from Sweet Gum trees all winter long and into the spring. The pods are about 1-1/4 inches around (hence the name gumball) and very woody. Each tree grows to about 70 to 80 feet tall and can contain hundreds of these little devils. These trees are everywhere in my area.
     
  2. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    I don't clean them up unless I have an agreement with the owner to do so. and in that event, he pays extra for his special request. raking is the only way I collect them.

    GEO
     
  3. MikeGA

    MikeGA LawnSite Member
    Posts: 101

    I collect them up between the belt and the pulleys on my mower deck, then it feels like all He11 is breaking loose when the deck starts shaking.
     
  4. JML

    JML LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 415

    My grasshopper sucks them up with no problem..
     
  5. Getmow

    Getmow LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Posts: 445

    It seems to me that most mowers don't do a good job. The gumballs get packed into the turf by the wheels. I used the backpack, then walk behind blowers to collect them in a pile. Then we vacuumed them into the truck.
     
  6. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

    Thank goodness that rhe only gumballs that I have to deal with are on my own property. Suckem up with the Grasshopper or blow them into the stream.
     
  7. lee b

    lee b LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,613

    I just bought a lawnsweeper last week and sweetgum-balls where the first things it was used on. You know for such a cheap and out-dated peice of equipment, it did a great job. Worked really good on leaves and pine-cones too, and only cost $200.00.
     
  8. accuratelawn

    accuratelawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 922

    Wait until it rains and the ground is soft. Drive over the gum balls to push them into the ground. Bill the customer for aeration and clean up!
     
  9. Grateful11

    Grateful11 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 177

    Accuratelawn, I love that one. If I just had something heavy enough to mash one of my customers 500-1000 pine cones into the ground I'd have it made. These are the nice 3-6inch jobs. After all the wind we've had in the last 2 weeks they're everywhere.
    Grateful
     
  10. what do you do for all those nuts? the hickory nuts that the squirrel's chew up and leave in pieces all over the yard?
     

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