Oh, I do that, too. But if the leaves build up too thick, either the
mower stalls out, or lays down a layer of mulch so thick the grass goes
yellow and dies before the mulch can rot. I have one sycamore that puts
out a good 8-10 inches of leaves bigger than my hand. Not clearing those
is not an option.
I use a mulching mower to get rid of our leaves...We have several LARGE
Maples as well as a few Ash...Key is to continue mowing weekly through the
fall that way they never build up...After all the leaves are down I get my
Homelite gas powered leaf blower and blow the leaves out of the gardens and
other nooks not accessable to the mower and mulch them with the mower...Then
I use the leaf blower to blow the leaves that have piled up against the
stone wall over the stone wall into the woods....Does not seem to hurt the
lawn...But then again it is a natural lawn , ie , alot of weeds , moss ,
I've been looking for a sycamore tree at nurseries for years, over 10
years! The owners all say that the sycamores all die of some disease.
Then why do I keep seeing 100+ year old sycomores? (actually I don't
think I've seen them in TN but there were plenty of them up in PA.) One
of these days I'll buy a couple via mail order. And with your shared
knowledge I'll be sure to plant them on the outskirts of the yard where
I'd like it to kill all the grass. I don't know if I'll live long
enough for that, I better get them soon!
Yes...I actually took that a step further... Rather than a bag over the
shoulder what I did was buy some dryer vent hose and hooked it to a Tarped
over vented trailer on the back of my quad (4 wheeler). I have a 2 stroke
gas Black and Decker leaf blower. The bag it came with would fill up real
fast so I found that using 25 ft of dryer vent hose was a parfect fit over
where the bag would attach... Before running the leaf blower I wrapped the
vent hose with duct tape as 5 minutes running time without it would wear
right through the walls of the vent hose...this system worked fantasically
for three years and I clean aproximately 1 acre of land with that system. I
don't do it any more as I kicked over all my poplar trees and replanted with
pine trees...Hope that was of some help...Jim
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