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Old 11-06-2018, 10:45 AM   #16
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I know a guy who gets a lot of leaves on his property. The only problem is that the trees aren't on his property. I told him to tell the neighbors to come get their leaves.
Had this issue at the first house we bought. I always blew all his leaves back over against his driveway. He never much liked me anyway so it didn't matter.
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I think you're underestimating how many leaves we're talking about here. Here's a picture from my back yard a few years back. You can see the leaves are probably 6" to 8" deep up by the mower, and more like 12" to 15" deep further towards the back.



If you were able to mulch them all (doubtful) my yard would be covered in mulch confetti!
Yeah... That's a few more leaves than I get in my yard.
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I think you're underestimating how many leaves we're talking about here. Here's a picture from my back yard a few years back. You can see the leaves are probably 6" to 8" deep up by the mower, and more like 12" to 15" deep further towards the back.



If you were able to mulch them all (doubtful) my yard would be covered in mulch confetti!
Nick, I think you have me beat haha. But as you said, there's just too many to mulch. I mulched AFTER filling 24 lawn bags and the whole yard was covered in mulch confetti.....AND I used a leaf blower to disperse around the yard.

It feels like an endless battle. Maybe if I wait long enough, the snow will cover them and I'll forget they're there lol
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I just mulch my leaves into the lawn. It helps to build up the organic material content of the soil.
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If you were able to mulch them all (doubtful) my yard would be covered in mulch confetti!
I put a mulching blade on my riding mower. I don't think I have a whole lot fewer LSF (leaves per square foot) than you. I've mulched three times already, and probably 90% of the leaves have fallen.

Yes, we do track some "confetti" into the house when the ground is wet. Doesn't last long.

In the thickest leaf areas (easily 6-8") I start with the mower deck all the way up, and run through them at the slowest speed. I make multiple passes, with the deck a notch or two lower each time, then a fast run over the whole yard at the normal mowing setting just to even things out. The hardest part is raking or blowing the leaves from the deck, around the foundation and off the driveway into the lawn where I can mulch.

I've been doing this for years (actually, decades) with no obvious ill effect. I worry sometimes that the leaves may make the soil acidic, but never worked up the motivation to actually test that theory.
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If there's any way to do it, I'm in the "mulch them" camp. Easy enough for me to say I guess because I ride through them rather than pushing, but what you have is not much different than what I deal with, and I can say for a fact that mulching the buggers where they fall has not harmed my yard in any way. A week or so ago I mowed the lawn for the last time this year, I hope, set the cutting height at 2-1/2", mulching everything that was down as I went. When I was done I raised the deck back up to 3", and now I'll probably make3-4 more trips around just mulching leaves. Yes, you have to slow down a bit from when you were just mowing the grass, and yes it's sometimes a chore to keep up with sometimes because the days are shorter, the ambients and dew points collide regularly, and you have to vacuum a little more often because those annoying little pieces find there way into the house, but it's only a few weeks each fall and a whole lot less work than collecting, bagging, and disposing.
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Maybe it's time to use this as an excuse to get a riding mower. It'd would take an 8 hour day to go over the lawn multiple times at different heights with a push mower. Only a .4 acre lot, but lots of twisty turvy areas with obstacles to work around. One pass with the push mower takes about 1.5 hours.
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You can rent a zero turn mower with mulching kit or bagger with mulching blades.

You can use cheap trash bags in the bagger.

Either burn the leaves or advertise free bagged leaves, you pick up.

Not that much if you take to the dump with other trash. Usually minimum cost 8 - 10 bucks.

This leaf burner works great even with trash.

http://www.vintageprojects.com/home-...af-burner.html


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I use a combination of a Toro leaf blower/vacuum and a Worx leaf mulcher (it's like a big upside down weed eater). The mulcher really cuts down on the number of bags. After that, I follow up with a bagging mower for final pass.
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If you have a riding mower look into a tow behind leaf-vac.
I have a DR power leaf vac & it will pick up & mulch about 9 cubic feet of mulched leaves. Put some lime on the pile they will be good compost by Spring.
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