Mulching Leaves vs Hauling Away

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by JDiepstra, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,511

    Hey guys. Who does what? When I first started out I mulched some leaves and took a lot away as well. I didn't realize how many leaves could actually be mulched into a lawn. Last season I mulched every leaf on every lawn that I had. It was a huge time and money saver. OK that's not totally true. I did blow some into a customers woods, but they told me that was fine.
  2. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,903

    mulching is all we do now, use to haul them away, not any more.
  3. ashgrove landscaping

    ashgrove landscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,529

    I mulch as many as I can and blow the rest into the woods. My goal is to never touch a rake or tarp but I usually have to for one section of one place. Tons of pine needles on the gravel driveway and lawn.
  4. sdk1959

    sdk1959 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 909

    Mulching leaves really is the way to go, and if you live in the northeast and do heavily wooded lots you have to mulch them over several visits.

    Many on here can't seem to wrap their mind around that concept, they think you just wait till the end of the fall season and mulch the leaves all at once.

    Hauling away the leaves- All that equipment needed, manpower, outfitting all the helpers with blowers, dump fees, etc. Plus the yard looks like crap till the end of the season when all the leaves are finally collected.
  5. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,976

    I'm a mulcher, only one property that I haul about half the leaves out.
  6. Sammy

    Sammy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    Mulch 'em and blow into woods.
  7. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I still don't see how folks can mulch the kind of leaves I'm talking about, maybe a light layer but
    even if you made pixels out of my leaves you'd still have a layer several inches thick and there ain't
    no way you can hide that in the grass but I do agree that hauling is the most expensive option.

    The way I like to do it is create a compost pile someplace, which also serves us well for hedge clippings, branches and things.
  8. dgw

    dgw LawnSite Bronze Member
    from OH
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  9. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 37,804

    I mulched one yard once and it looked could still see leaf crumblies all over the place. I'm talking three large maples weekly dropping inches of leaves on a 1/3 acre lot. I just bag with the mower.

    You can mulch lawns with little trees weekly and that should be fine, but I've yet to see a lawn with many tall, old trees look this good after mulching:

  10. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,903

    yeah, I've heard it before , nobody has as many trees as you and you only do the best.

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