Leaf Mulch

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by rogerdodger, Jul 18, 2014.

  1. rogerdodger

    rogerdodger LawnSite Member
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    This past fall I purchased a DR Leaf Vac/Mulcher and was pleased with the results. It creates a lot of mulch and is a problem to get rid of. My question is.. Is there a market for leaf mulch?
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  2. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
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    If composted it turns to great soil. They sell it for 5 or 6 dollars a 1.5 cubic foot bag here.
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  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    The purpose of adding a special mulching capability to a mower is to mulch the leaves into the turf and leave them there... sometimes you may have to double mow, but it is better for the turf and saves the expense of hauling it all away... :)
     
  4. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Axe is right. You can also add it to your garden soil or under trees and bushes where there is dirt visible. After a couple good rains it decomposes down to about 25 percent as much volume. Mix it in with the dirt if you can. Also be sure to add some "compost starter" as these bacteria and fungi will speed the decomposition; the liquid sprays on easily; fertilizer and lime also speed the compost process. and encourage the soil microflora.
     
  5. rogerdodger

    rogerdodger LawnSite Member
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    Thanks Guys for the quick replies. I am in Louisiana where in the fall we have LOTS OF LEAVES. I have seen the leaf mulch kill grass. We mulch the first round and pick up the 2nd, 3rd and sometimes the 4th. I was wondering why also why not use compost instead of mulch. Maybe mulch is more available and less expensive?
     
  6. groh_brian

    groh_brian LawnSite Member
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    What if you pick up the first and second round first, then mulch the rest? That way the mulched leaves stay on the ground and decompose into the lawn rather than getting picked up by the vacum.
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  7. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Here's a couple of other reasons to mulch mow leaves:

    Results indicate that mulching leaves regardless
    of genus (oak or maple) or maple species into established turfgrass as a leaf litter
    disposal method will increase spring green-up and contribute to a reduction in
    common dandelion population.
    http://horttech.ashspublications.org/content/19/2/297.full.pdf
     
  8. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    One can always pick up the excess if it looks like it might kill the grass... Building up the soil Structure is worth the little extra cost of mulch mowing plus removal of excess,,, since the amount of removal will be greatly reduced... :)
     

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