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sweet gum balls

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by big james, Jan 27, 2002.

  1. big james

    big james Banned
    from texas
    Posts: 152

    O.K. fellows how do you handle thede darn things ,will one of those pull behind sweepers you see homeowners using work .I hate trying to bag they are real good at throwing belts off mowers.:(
  2. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

    Theres a chemical called Snipper that you inject into the tree. This prevents flowers in the spring and ball in the fall. I haven't tried it yet.
  3. CSRA Landscaping

    CSRA Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,232

    I use my Little Wonder and blow them all off to one side. Then you may do as you choose with them.
  4. big james

    big james Banned
    from texas
    Posts: 152

    Thanks Bob .I wondered if you could essentially castrate one of these trees ,so I guess you can:D . Where dou you get this product?
  5. 1stclasslawns

    1stclasslawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 565

    Snipper works but you wont get any flowers.

    Yes a sweeper works if you get the higher RPM one

    I broke a 300.00 window 2 years ago with a sweet gum ball.

  6. weve

    weve LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Central Illinois
    Posts: 381

    I use a power broom or blower to pile them and then haul them away. Three of my customers got tired of the sweet gum balls and cut down the trees.
  7. keifer

    keifer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 320

    A billy goat vac works good.
  8. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    By clicking on the Search button (available at the top of every page) you can find past threads on this very subject. This thread was published in a national lawn magazine last year:
    Gum Balls
  9. thfireman

    thfireman LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 541

    Snipper is sold by Tree Tech. You can e-mail them at: info@treetech.net or call them at (352) 528-5335
  10. IBGreen

    IBGreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 726

    I demoed a walker on a very leaf and gum ball rich environment and it got 'em up.

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