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Magnolia leaves

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Richard Martin, Dec 30, 2002.

  1. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    How do you guys handle weekly Magnolia leaves. I live in the transition zone and we have a few Magnolia trees. The leaves fall off of these things year round and are a pain to clean up every week.
  2. Premo Services

    Premo Services LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,516

    They are a real pain in the you know what-what!!!!!!:mad:
    What I do is use my eb7000 to get them out of landscape areas and then mulch em with the walkbehind, or if there are a lot mulch em and put in bags and haul away.
  3. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,076

    They are a real pain is one way to look at them or a real money maker is another way to view them. I include this in the bid and whenever I see a Magnolia tree on the property that I am bidding on. I remove them and do not mulch them up.

  4. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,071

    The leaves are not bad if yu keep up with them. I hate the dog gone heads that fall off about 6 monthes out of the year. Just muclh the leaves up every week
  5. crazygator

    crazygator LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,048

    I found that they would not mulch very easy. So I would just put into the price picking them up. Maybe not every week but every 2 so it wouldnt get out of hand.
  6. SLS

    SLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mars
    Posts: 1,540

    I took a chainsaw to my magnolia. No more mess. :D

    I avoid them like the plague.
  7. Popsicle

    Popsicle LawnSite Member
    Posts: 189

    We rake them out of the beds and haul off. Those heads are definately a hassle.

  8. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,622

    Do you know what is worse than Magnolia leaves???

    Locust Pods:( :(
  9. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    I have a couple properties that have them, but they are not great lawns, so I just mulch them with the mulch kits and roll on.
  10. BRL

    BRL LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,211

    Interesting to read. I have 2 decent sized ones in my back yard, but they only drop once in the fall, and they mulch up just fine. Even if I leave them sit & pile up for the whole wet fall, which is what happened this year :( I agree the seed pods are a pain though, i try to rake them up when they're heavy instead of dulling the blades quicker than necessary.

    Locust pods are the worst! And if you don't haul them away they start to smell really nasty. They were thick at my son's school and when we walk there he'd hold his nose through the section where they hadn't been cleaned up by the grounds crew LOL

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