Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by sethsodsquad, Oct 16, 2004.

  1. sethsodsquad

    sethsodsquad LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    What do you guys do for cleaning up pods (such as Katalpa)? I maintain a property that has a huge Katalpa tree with pods. Every week I show up in the fall there is a carpet of pods and leaves. I have been raking up the pods manually because they aren't sucked up well using my equipment, but then run my mower over the lawn to get the leaves.

    I assume most of you have encountered this issue?

  2. sethsodsquad

    sethsodsquad LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    No one has encountered these pods? Like Locust pods, and katalpa pods?
  3. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    I hate those things. I just mow over them and discharge them.
  4. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    Catalpa trees suck.
  5. sethsodsquad

    sethsodsquad LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    Doesn't that cause problems next spring? Don't you get katalpa or locust trees popping up in the grass?

    I was just looking at the Little Wonder HPV which seems awesome because it would be able to pick those up.

  6. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 6,178

    What height and blade set up are you using? I am not having this problem.
  7. sethsodsquad

    sethsodsquad LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    I don't use a Walker for my business. I have a 21" Hi-Lift Snapper system. The problem that I am having is that there are so many pods that I have to clean up every week it's not efficient to run the mower over them all because it doesn't do a very good job and fills up the bag quite quickly.

    I find that raking is more efficient and is easier than running the 21" on the lawn first. Plus - what do you do on cement/hard surfaces, or bark/rocks?


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