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Live oak leaves

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Tbarchaser, Apr 13, 2004.

  1. Tbarchaser

    Tbarchaser LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 449

    Question to southern cutters,
    How do you remove live oak leaves from St Augustine? I have been mulchig them up until now but there are so many. and now they are packed in pretty good. It seems there is not enough surface area of the leaves for them to get sucked up.

    Does anyone use a JRCO rake and then mulch? or is that just plain silly.
  2. Tbarchaser

    Tbarchaser LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 449

  3. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,226

    oak leaves are very slow decomposing leaves, you don't want to just mulch them full time you do want to bag them most of the time.
  4. DennisF

    DennisF LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,381

    I've been mulching the Live Oak leaves with success. I use single gator mulching blades and it works great on my Hustler Z. I haven't had a single customer express any interest in bagging them up, so I can't see investing in equipment to do it. The Oak leaf problem should go away as soon as we get enough rain to stop the trees from dropping leaves. We had a really cold winter here in central FL and that has also contributed to the leaf problem.
  5. ProMo

    ProMo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,468

    I mulch them with a high lift blade in one direction back and forth until they are gone
  6. GrassFearsMe

    GrassFearsMe LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 340

    How do you see what you are doing with that contraption? Jrco then blow with a Strong backpack off the lawn (Redmax of course).

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