Monkey Ball/ Gum Ball Removal

professional

LawnSite Member
Location
Frederickburg VA
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.
 

Ijustwantausername

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
Raleigh NC
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 :(
 

andyslawncare

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Palmetto, GA
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.
You might want to do that right before your preemergence application, otherwise you will probably disturb the soil brier.
 

andyslawncare

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Palmetto, GA
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.
 

mictrik

LawnSite Member
Location
Long Island NY

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