while i dont really have a good answer i do have a funny story.
we used to do a house with tons of crab apple trees and they were ALL on the ground. worker ran over them with the z and the all shot out of the discharge and nailed the other guy in the face a few times.
another week. we played lco softball. i pitched some crab apples and one guy stood with the trimmer and cut em up as i pitched them.
i guess not the smartest idea but it seemed fun at teh time....
i would say just raise ur deck a lil or trim around them
I mow a property that has black walnut trees. Does a walnut hurt when launched from under the deck, you ask? Does a one legged duck swim in circles? When i finally get to the truck my right azz cheek looks like it caught on fire, and i put it out with a bag of six penny nails.
Yeouch Blackwater and I thought getting hit with some pea gravel from a trimmer was bad.
I unusually close my OCDC and make sauce too just make sure you clean your deck off real well. Let mine sit during a hot weekend after mowing around some apple trees let just say the smell was pretty interesting to say the least.
Mow and/or trim over them, helps if you're mulching. I too enjoy the aroma, don't care much for the face splats, but it sure beats dog poop.
One customer has a flower bed always over growing with mint. I trim it first, whole back yard smells great.
Well I have to admit I mostly pick them up. Why? Not sure but the grass is in better shape that if ther is a bunch of scalped apples or pears on the ground matting up the turf. Most of my clients have fruit trees and I write in the contract durring the months of october through december there will be an extra charge of 60 a month to pick up fruit off ground if not done when we service your lawn. I have to admit most wont do it so the extra 10 min it takes at most to pick up is worth the money. also it makes for a fine deer attractant since this is the time of the year hunting is at the best..
I have a site where the house is built in the Orchard of an older house now demolished. Has approx 15 trees all fruit, crab, apple, pear Owner rakes them into piles and I pick the up with a snow shovel to avoid wasps etc, takes 2 hrs, 4 barrow loads each week.