Keeping clippings out of mulch!!

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by SteveG66, Jul 3, 2014.

  1. SteveG66

    SteveG66 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 39

    Hoping I'm not asking a stupid or obvious question but here it goes:

    Have a 52" Turf Tracer, love the machine but for the life of me I can't cut without getting grass in the mulch. I purchased the OCDC from Exmark last year thinking it would be the ticket but just not in love with it. When I have it down it leaves a line of grass clippings, if I vary the amount it points towards the ground it leaves varying amounts of clumping or the line. As I get further away I try to open it up a bit to minimize the clumping but that's usually when I get grass in the mulch beds.

    I currently have the high lift blades, also a set of the Exmark equivalent to the gators (I think they're high lift also), the OCDC, etc.

    Would I have better luck with a different blade? Would the mulching blades and the OCDC work better?

    I'm especially peeved right now as we just put down fresh mulch, if any of the pros would please chime in, I'd really appreciate it.

    Thanks and happy 4th to you and your families.

    Steve G
  2. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,554

    Nows the time of the year you can mulch
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  3. 360lawncare

    360lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 962

    If you can't point the discharge side away just kinda stir up the mulch after your done and you won't be able to tell..
  4. Pressedun

    Pressedun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 44,983

    Blow out the mulch beds or use a bagger. Those are my two options.
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  5. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3,274

    grass clippings ARE mulch
  6. theeplaymaker

    theeplaymaker LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Messages: 22

    I had the same issues with my Pioneer and trying to do nice, even stripes. I put the mulch kit back on but it does not stripe as well with the mulch blades however I can go around whatever and not have to try to keep it from blowing in the beds. I found I had to leave the chute up even with the mulch kit removed or it would leave the windrows of grass in the spring but I would flip it down when around my flower beds and as long as I did 2 stripes out from the beds it would keep the grass to a minimum going in and ruining the look of the mulch.

    Also as someone else mentioned, I did find that going back and just lightly blowing the beds with my leaf blower blew away the grass/mixed it in so you didn't notice it as much.
  7. SteveG66

    SteveG66 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 39

    Thanks for your replies, appreciate the suggestions. I typically do blow the clippings out of the mulch beds but it usually takes some of the mulch with it!! :hammerhead:.

    Would using a standard lift or mulch blades help even without the kit installed?

    My lawn isn't as thick as I'd like but working on it, but can only think with a thicker lawn the amount of clippings would increase quite a bit.

    Again, thanks so much for everyones suggestions.

    Hope you all have a safe and happy 4th!!!

  8. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    Run a OCDC chute blocker
    Best blocker I seen is the older models on Dixie Chopper it shape like a L so when its close I mean nothing hardly comes out

    On your blocker can you mount a 2-3'' angle iron to it so give it a shape of a L
  9. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,012

    Get a walker or navigator
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  10. SteveG66

    SteveG66 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 39

    Good idea, unfortunately the flap on my OCDC is rubber, I suppose I could run some lateral supports, I may try that...... With the angle iron and supports, maybe it'll be more like a backwards "c".. Thanks for the idea.....



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