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I Tired Mulching Leaves Today

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Darryl G, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    OK so I hear all these people saying they just mulch the leaves on lawns so I tried it. I putted a pair a Gator blades on it and just randomly ran around the lawn grindering everthing up. There was a lots of leaves and I maid them almost desapper as you can see in the picures.

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  2. CHRIS92789

    CHRIS92789 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 318

    I couldnt tell if you were being sarcastic or not? lol But yeah your mower mulched them up... just curious does your mower have a shoot blocker on it? If it doesnt i would def. put one on! Makes a world of difference!
  3. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    The chute blocker is needed as well as slowing down a little and letting the leaves grind in the Gators. It is a proven method and it doesn't take much practice to get good at it. If nothing else you can reduce the volume by at least 10X and bag it or take a good backpack blower and disperse the heavy stuff. Either way it beats just bagging.
  4. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,511

    You need a mulch kit and mulch blades. I have found a double mow at perpindicular directions to work the best.
  5. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    I blocked the discharge. I have a mulch kit but didn't put it on. Gators are mulching blades.
  6. CHRIS92789

    CHRIS92789 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 318

    Yeah the gators work great! The biggest problem i have when im using my scag to mulch leaves is the leaves infront of the mower getting pushed forward by the air of the mower. Mulching takes a lot less time to get rid of the leaves, but i find it very hard to make the lawn look clean after the leaves are mulched... jmo
  7. FLC2000

    FLC2000 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,968

    Mow the yard 3 times in the directions you would as you normally cut. Then start going in circles shooting all the leaves towards the middle. When you get a small pile in the middle throw the bagger on and pick them up.

    Note that you can only do this 2 or 3 times before you will start leaving to many ground up leaves in the turf itself which will cause thatch.
  8. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,274

    A couple things...you need to go CW only starting on the outside and working towards the middle. I have never heard of those blades just put on mulch blades from Scag. And if you want the best job put on the full mulch kit.
  9. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    Isn't anybody gonna tell me it looks like crap? lol.

    I'll fess up...I was just grinding them up a bit before bagging them. This was 2 weeks worth of leaves and more than I would try to mulch into a thin lawn like this. It's kind of hard because of all the obstacles too, like in the second pic...there are rocks there that my mower wouldn't like. I just let the Ultravac fill up and kept going, dust mask on. Filled the double bagger up 6 times total including some lawn areas not pictured. I'll have to go back for a final cleanup at some point but I treated it as if I wouldn't be coming back, just in case winter pops up again.

    I in fact triple cut my own lawn when I got home today rather than bagging. A double cut would have been fine but it was kind of long and damp so I did a 3rd cut to disperse the clippings.
  10. CHRIS92789

    CHRIS92789 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 318

    ok i will be the first to say it.... looks like sh!t lol, where are the after pictures? lol

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