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how do I deal with fall leaves?

mowisme

LawnSite Senior Member
hi all- Last year I had only 5 accounts and hand racked onto tarp and bagged alot. A real pain for this old guy. I have more accounts this year..I also have a parker lawn vac. What is a better way to deal with fall leaves? I have a 60"hydro wb with sulky..and a couple 36" belt walk behinds, and a SR-18 3-wheel scag, but no ztr rider. any ideas? can I adapt some kind of vac to hydro wb? my metal cage does so-so on scag, but fills fast! thanks Gene
 

dcondon

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
Mid-Michigan
Do you have a a good backpack or a wb blower???? that will help speed things up. I would also look into getting a Accelerator Catcher for your hydro.Good luck!!!
 

Grits

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
Florida
I forget what company it is but someone makes a vac collection system for walk behinds. I'm sure someone will chime in with this company.
Kind of early to be worrying about Fall.......last Fall must have really sucked for you!
 

Runzwiscizzers

LawnSite Member
Location
Indiana
I am not in the business (homeowner). My yard is 1.5 acres, all grass, with probably 15 large Oak, Walnut, Maple trees. Last year I invested in Gator blades and a chute cover. When the leaves fell last year, I was diligent about cutting every 6 days. The first two times I had to run over a couple of areas 2-3 times, but never did pick up a rake.

My Scag Tiger Cub did an excellent job of pulverizing the leaves into dust. By the third or fourth (final) cut of the season, there was nothing but grass.

This was my experience last fall, I hate to rake leaves.
 

Grassmechanic

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
S.E. Michigan
I haven't raked a lawn in years. Mulch the leaves. It's very beneficial for the grass. An MSU study showed 24" of leaves mulched into the turf had no adverse effect on turf quality. Even oak leaves.
 

J&T Kiev

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
N.W In.
Track van makes a vac system for both walk behinds, and Stand on mowers. The draw back with this system is it uses a 44 gallon barrel mounted to the deck, not good around low hanging limbs and the barrel blocks your field of vision some what. In your situation mulching and collecting any excessive leaves left on the lawn should work well. And you'll want a good backpack blower for cleaning out bushes, landscaped areas.
 
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