Getting Rid of Live Oak Leaves?

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SteveHGraham
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Re: Getting Rid of Live Oak Leaves?

Post by SteveHGraham » Tue Mar 27, 2018 11:58 am

I'll bet I could get someone to suck these leaves up for $150, and I don't think I'll live here long enough to justify a $1500 buy. Maybe a used one, though.

The leaf sweeper works. I just can't get rid of the leaves once I pick them up. I can either burn them or turn a huge area of my farm into a deep leaf pile, which would be an eyesore and fire hazard.
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Re: Getting Rid of Live Oak Leaves?

Post by BadDog » Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:32 pm

Yeah, I looked into larger units, 3 point units, PTO drive, etc. All were way out of my cost/value range for my property. The one I got is (I think) a large cut above the typical plastic feeder Craftsman (plastic!) and the like, pretty much at the upper end of something with some capability in that size/cost, and were showing up frequently on the sales sites for cheap money.

If you've got a garden, or plans for one, once they go through one of these shredder/mulchers, you can just spread it on the garden, or compost them then spread. I use a lot of mine for mulching my fruit tree water soaking wells. When it composts down (not long with the flood/water cycles), I always have a new batch. I also send some to my composters. Unfortunately some leaves don't work well for that, like Eucalyptus and Mesquite, due to chemical composition, but that remaining quantity is small enough to easily work into trash or "bulk pickup" (quarterly). Divide and conquer!
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Re: Getting Rid of Live Oak Leaves?

Post by steamin10 » Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:54 pm

I feel your pain on the leaves. We have a few Black Walnut trees that we cherish, but mulching the leaves or husks only concentrates the problem of being toxic to just about anything that grows. The other trees that we cut were very large cotton wood that died and threatened the buildings with dead falls. One measured nearly 5 feet across the stump. I never had a grinder but wore out the gearbox on a sweeper that had a tipper rope. Circle the yard and dump the bag from the seat. After about 10 years of use it rattled apart beyond creative repair.

We had taken to using an oil tank on end to build a furnace/burner to dispose of yard waste, with its walkway grating floor, but that has rotted away now, and needs something to replace its function. I am leery of having anything that gets fired off, and left untended. That is a reserve for a disaster. The area of the burner has turned into an unkempt spot just waiting to bite me.
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Re: Getting Rid of Live Oak Leaves?

Post by warmstrong1955 » Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:09 am

Here is another chance for you to be famous Steve.....by combining some ideas here....

An oak leaf burning, steam powered, lawn vacuum!
Call it....the Grahaminator. Available options could include a barbecue attachment.

;)
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Re: Getting Rid of Live Oak Leaves?

Post by Craig » Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:21 pm

We have been using a Cyclone Rake ( Commerical model ) behind a zero turn mover on a 3 acre yard for 14 plus years. I can guantee it is worth the price. I had problems with the Vanguard motor and I adapted a Honda to it. We blow leaves out of the flower beds on the grass and vac them up as we mow the lawn. We run it on the concrete, asphalt surface and even lift the mover deck up and run down the 7 1/2” rr tracks to vac leaves. We average about 1 1/2 hours useage per week. The frame work is a little flimsy but nothing has broken in an estimated 1100 useage. I do have to tighten bolts around the hitch area occasionally. The mower mulches the leaves and the Cyclone vac further breaks down the leaves. If the refuge is very wet it becomes very hard to make turn when it get close to full, dump time. It will even pickup wet leaves in the rain. We dump the refuge in our field and disc it in. In my cause the labor saving has paid for it several times over. I tried the mover with a bag, the pull behind sweeper while they all worked the vac is much better.

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Re: Getting Rid of Live Oak Leaves?

Post by SteveHGraham » Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:39 pm

I'm having someone give me an estimate on sucking the leaves up. Very curious to see what he says.
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Re: Getting Rid of Live Oak Leaves?

Post by ctwo » Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:04 pm

We have live oak trees and we just leave the leaves where they lay. There seems to be a good balance in place now with the leaves covering the ground and the rotting layers beneath. The leaves that make it to the lawn are mowed up and put into the mulch with the lawn clippings. It's been this way for thousands of years (OK, the oldest tree was estimated at somewhere over 100 years, but you know...)
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