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Posted August 30, 2013 - 06:38 PM

Hi all,

 

Newcomer here, with a question regarding leaf removal from St. Augustine grass.

 

We have 6 large Live Oaks here in our yard, which in about 3 months will start dropping barrels of leaves. And I mean barrels....typically, I rake 60+ large garbage cans full of oak leaves every fall. On the one hand, it's great exercise but on the other hand it's a lot of work.

 

I've been toying with the idea of a nice pull-behind sweeper but am concerned that with the nature of St. Augustine grass and the way the dead leaves tend to get buried down in it, that it may be a waste of money.

 

Can anyone report on any success, or lack of, with a pull-behind sweeper in this southern turf grass?

 

Thanks for any advice!


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Posted August 30, 2013 - 08:51 PM

I first set the mower deck higher to cut the leaves up then I set the deck back to normal cutting height and mow the yard and it cut the leave up again then I can use my powerflo  vac or my lawn sweeper

then it all goes to the compost pile or into my shredder into the garden


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Posted August 30, 2013 - 10:30 PM

I agree, I wouldn't try to do it straight with a sweeper. the bulk of the whole leaves would make you dump every few minutes. Way better to shred them up with the blade, as they take up less room in either a sweeper or a vac system. With a good vac system you can almost suck the dirt off the ground, so leaves shouldn't have a chance.


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Posted August 31, 2013 - 01:46 PM

Thanks guys for the input.

 

A vac system would rock, although for what they seem to sell for around here (even used) I probably will be inclined to try a sweeper first. 

 

Not having actually used one, or seen one in use anywheres around here, I am now wondering if I can adapt some sort of mega-sized plastic trash bag into a sweeper's hopper so I could merely yank the full bag out as opposed to dumping the sweeper. Hmmmm.... making a mental note to examine one at HD or Sears next time I'm in there.

 

Thanks again!


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Posted August 31, 2013 - 01:55 PM

Here is one on evel bay for sale just north of you in N.C.. Will need a little work, but so far the price is GREAT !!

 

http://www.ebay.com/...=item3a844f490d

 

I have a WH model that I love. I will look for my thread about it.


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Posted August 31, 2013 - 01:58 PM

Here's the one I have and in the last post there is a short video.

 

http://gardentractor.../?hl= yard vac


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Posted August 31, 2013 - 03:59 PM

Thanks for the link!

 

Wow (!!) that set-up of yours works awesome. That would really be the way to go with the stubborn oak leaves. 

 

Kicking myself a little....when I bought our '74 JD 112 some years ago there was a powered bagging system with it, but I didn't take it....the canvas was somewhat shot and for whatever (dumb) reason I figured I wouldn't use it anyways....Duh!






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