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 06-05-2004, 22:50 Post: 87819
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Some of my grass gets to be a bit tall before I cut it. Baling isn't an option. What is the best way to get the clippings off the lawn? Kubota dealer suggested a landscape rake. Would this work?

I am using a BX23 with 60" belly mower. Grass area is about 3 acres. Around the house is cut weekly, but the other areas can get to be a foot or more before I can get them cut.

I've seen the tiny yard sweeper thingies they use on small lawn tractors. Do they work, and if so is there a larger version?

I've also seen bagging or vaccuming attachments, but this seems like it would require lots of stops to empty the bags.

Thanks in advance!
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 06-06-2004, 05:52 Post: 87827
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If you let your yard get that tall why is removing clippings a concern????

Get a bungy cord and open your discharge chute cover and blow the clipping out evenly across the yard.

Many times I remow in a higher gear to remove and clumping and stuff that did not cut right because of its lenght. I do not mow as often as I should (I try for once a week) but then again I have a yard and the neighbors and neighborhood org's can KMA.






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 06-06-2004, 15:54 Post: 87865
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I have a 48" sweeper that I use for lawn clippings and leaves. It works pretty well, but you have to get a good one. If you get a light weight sweeper, the tires don't develop enough traction to operate the sweeper properly. Mine is an Agri-fab, and it isn't as heavy as a sweeper should be to work really well. I remember seeing nice estate sweepers on line, but can't remember the manufacturer. A good 54" sweeper went for about $800.

That's why I have an Agri-fab. TSC for $250. Does the job. I would think a landscape rake could be a little rough on the lawn.






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 06-06-2004, 19:48 Post: 87875
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I think its time to ask the CEO for a larger tractor? Then get a 72" rotary cutter for the rest of the yard and you could cut that yard part every week and still have time to have a beer and take the little lady out to supper every week with the time you will save in NOT picking up the clippings.
I think Harvey hit it on the head, if you live in an area that you let your yard get that long why pick em up? Also, a tip here, dont fertilize the area you dont want to grow so much, just weed killer.






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 06-06-2004, 21:03 Post: 87882
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harvey: thanks for your reply. It wasn't that I didn't want to mow. I wasn't able to all season until now. Just this week I finally got a decent tractor complete with 60" mowing deck, so cutting it is no longer the problem. I am just worried when I'll be leaving behind such a huge volume of plant matter when I mow.

beagle: I appreciate your the tip; I will definitely look at the estate sweepers.

brokenarrow: Thanks for the idea about the fertilizer but I don't fertilize at all.

I'm going to keep looking at options for collecting grass. If nothing else all those clippings can do alot more good in my compost.






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 06-07-2004, 11:33 Post: 87929
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If this is just a once in a while type deal, i would mow the grass like normal and then let it dry out for a day. Then go back and mow it blowing the grass inwards. You may have to make a couple of rows, then just pick it up and put it on the compost pile. I did this earlier this year on a few acres and it didn't take very long. This way will save you a few bucks if this only needs to be done now and again.






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If you want to spend the bucks a Steiner sweeperis pretty nice.It's ground driven chops the material and packs it into the hopper so you can get more in






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