Grinding leaves

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jaybee, Oct 1, 2000.

  1. jaybee

    jaybee LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    I grind leaves with my Exmark walk behind. I use the standard high lift blades and just put the chute down. I find that the best method is to windrow them going forward and then back the mower up through the wind row. Anybody else try this? It really works great.
  2. accuratelawn

    accuratelawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 922

    Yes that is the best system I have found. Windrow and back over them.
    Mulch plate and or double blades just covers the operator and mower with dust.
  3. jaybee

    jaybee LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    Just want to add that a friend of mine purchased the exmark mulching kit that puts baffles under the mower and he just hates it. Doesn't work, just kills the power to the mower. Said he would give me the kit free. Anybody else have trouble with the Exmark mulchiing kit?
  4. bdemir

    bdemir LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 610

    Just wanted to ask what does windrow mean. Is it going in a criss cross pattern.
  5. jaybee

    jaybee LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    Actually I just travel in a circle like fashion blowing the leaves toward the middle until I feel there are enough to start backing over them and grinding them to powder.
  6. My trick is to mow clockwise and make a big pile of matter in the middle of the area you are mowing. Then mow from the middle to the outsides. This give the most amount of grinding in the least amount of time (2 passes).

    I have used shreddit blades (old style)in that past but I plan on using a shreddit with a gator this fall.

    No longer do I even remove thatch. I just tine dethatch and aerate as soon as the snow melts. I make two passes with the tine rake just like is done in the fall.

    Frankly I don't have any time to aerate or dethatch after mowing season starts.
  7. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    I have great luck with the exmark mulching kit. Looks better than bagging lawn. The only time there is a draw on the mower is when you let the grass get to high. Cut it once and then go back over very quickly and that problem is resolved.

    I found that side discharging the leaves and grass gets more dust flying than mulching kit installed. The air filter on my mulching mower is never as bad as side discharge and for that fact neither am I.
  8. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
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  9. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    I am already running into downed leaves and dusty conditions this year and I hate every minute of it!

  10. Toroguy

    Toroguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,075

    The conditions in MN are very dry. I used the eXmark mulch kit today for the first time. Ground was covered with leaves. It was dusty. I could have used goggles on one property. If it wasnt so dry the results would be different Im sure. I have prepared myself for three weeks of "leaf boogers" from the dry crappy conditions.

    The final results looked fine.

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