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Sweet gum balls...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by hartlawnmain, Mar 19, 2004.

  1. hartlawnmain

    hartlawnmain LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    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
  2. AssistSuper

    AssistSuper Banned
    Messages: 13

    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.
  3. hartlawnmain

    hartlawnmain LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    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!
  4. timinkc

    timinkc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 217

    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.
  5. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Messages: 1,405

    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.
  6. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,125

    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.
  7. competitiveimageland

    competitiveimageland LawnSite Member
    Messages: 192

    get raking

  8. weve

    weve LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Central Illinois
    Messages: 384

    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.
  9. SCFF

    SCFF LawnSite Member
    Messages: 99

    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
  10. competitiveimageland

    competitiveimageland LawnSite Member
    Messages: 192

    on second thought i think i would just fire up the 036pro and lay that tree down gum trees are ugly smelly trees anyway

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