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Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by TAPPER, Feb 12, 2012.
Have any of you guys found a quick and easy way to clean up monkey/gum balls from grass areas?
I don't have a good solution, so I am interested to see what others might have. I usually use my blowers and round them up into piles and then pick them up to remove them. I do have a new stihl mini tiller with a de-thatcher attachment. I think if I used it by pulling it backwards it might 'rake' them up. I'll have to give that a try. We had a lot of wind this weekend so I know I have a few customers that I can try it out on.
Get the strongest friggin blower you can buy is all I can say. Gumballs are actually what keeps my best contract going in the winter, and I hate them. I just section parts of the yard and blow them into piles, then pile them on a tarp and drag them to the woods.
I purchased a Shindaiwa EB802 last fall with the jet tip and it will move a sweet gum ball with ease. Still a pain though, especially if you step on them and they get lodged into the ground. I actually posted this same thread about a year ago, and no solution yet
Our Walker mower does a fair job in picking up Gumballs. Best way though is to blow in a pile and pick up by hand.
You might want to do that right before your preemergence application, otherwise you will probably disturb the soil brier.
All of our maintenance accounts are serviced monthly this time of year. As long as they haven't been trampled by equipment or walkers they are no problem. Once they sink in, they take some extra time, and all I have to say is 'welcome to sweet gumball control'. There are also a few ways to sterilize the trees, but it is expensive, must be done at the right time, and might not work!! Good luck.... I haven't tried to sterilize any of the trees yet, as it seems pretty risky, and not too many clients want to pay for it. This is what our normal winter rate averages 25-50% more than the growing season, and are under contract to receive proper monthly maintenance of this stupid tree's droppings. If its not under contract, we kick loose while running blowers full force to clear the balls. In our area, you see high poa annua populations nearby--I would assume because the balls have been compressed into the soil to open the previous preemergent blanket.
Have you tried a lawn vac by billy goat.
Thanks for the reminder about the pre-em. I didn't think about that. We are not applying that product for approximately another month, so we have time.
I like to do them when the ground is still frozen. That way the ones you step on dont sink into the lawn. I also had someone tell me a sweeper works great.
I was curious what you were all talking about, i searched and found this link for an offered solution...