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Leaves and the homeowner

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by lahanko, Aug 31, 2002.

  1. lahanko

    lahanko LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Messages: 173

    If I close off the discharge on my 52” deck will I be able to mulch leaves or will the leaves just blow out away from the deck?
    I have a Toro 150, home use only.
    Before the Z-Master I would just run over the leaves with the mower on the garden tractor, it wasn’t great but worked better than raking.
  2. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    my guess is that toros blade speed is much faster so it should do the job. u might want to put gators on it. a lot o this depends on how your deck is set.good luck
  3. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Of course, what works best, and I'm sure everyone here will agree, is to get them piled up. (usually by windrowing and then cutting the strips cross ways to form piles) Then, after they are in piles, (relatively), you then BACK over the piles. This way, you don't plow, AND the leaves have to work a full revolution in the deck before being discharged. Hope this helps!;)
  4. MikeLT1Z28

    MikeLT1Z28 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,732

    does toro offer the recycler on that model? i think i've seen that mower once or twice at my dealer but didn't look closely at it.
  5. Catcher

    Catcher LawnSite Member
    Messages: 166

    I always used to rake; when I bought my zero turn I strapped a set of Gatorz on it and made mincemeat of the leaves. I expected to see discoloration in the lawn after mowing over the red and yellow leaves, but the blades did a great job pulverizing the leaves to bits - without a mulching attachment.

    HOWARD JONES LawnSite Member
    Messages: 233

    Anytime you block the discharge, the air flow is obviously changed - you will have to experiment because every mower is different. You may see blowout from the front - sometimes guys add skirts, etc. The gators or other mulching blades should help. If you only have to deal with the leaves once in your area, just running over them 2 or 3 times goes a long ways toward ending the problem.

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