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Sweet gum balls...

hartlawnmain

LawnSite Member
Location
Charlotte, NC
Guys, I have a man who wants the sweet gum balls in his backyard removed. Anyone have any experience with these? Best to rake 'em, blow 'em or mow over 'em first? I know this is wide open for jokes so if you must...go ahead! LOL
 
Well....if you mow over them you're gonna just shoot them all over the place.

Raking requires work, I know no body wants to do that.

I advise to blow em on a tarp and haul off.
 
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hartlawnmain

LawnSite Member
Location
Charlotte, NC
Thanks. I was wondering about mowing since it makes sense if the grass is shorter, they'd be easier to blow onto a tarp. Never really dealt with 'em before other than stepping on 'em when I'm barefooted. Ouch!
 

timinkc

LawnSite Member
Location
kansas city, MO
i have lots more experience with sweet gum balls than i'd like to have...the problem is a blower just pushes them further downinto the turf alot of times...if its not too big an area i suggest raking (ugh) if its big just use a blower (a strong one), and do the best you can...no way to do it with a mower though.
 

jajwrigh

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Martinsville, IN
This is definately a rake project! Never fun stuff, but in the long run it may pay off! Customers remember these things and it helps develop that loyalty that we all seek.
 

Soupy

LawnSite Gold Member
A mower will push them into the ground and you may never get them up. Rake the lawn and sell them on tree injections for next year.
 

weve

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Central Illinois
I've used my Shindaiwa PowerBroom or a backpack blower or both to put them into piles and then haul them away. I think the biggest Echo, Red Max, or Shindaiwa blower works best.
 

SCFF

LawnSite Member
Location
Sumter SC
I use the blower to get them into piles, then rake em or put them in buckets. You could use the mower with the chute up if you want to chase away some pesky kids or the neighbors.:D
 
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