Recent testimonials sent to us:
Leaf mulching on-site is something I have been practicing and perfecting at home. I have noticed a healthier lawn this year and have not needed to water at all this year. I would not say that my weeds have disappeared, but the healthier grass has been better able to compete with the weeds. I also noticed a reduced impact from grub damage. Only a small patch was affected. I hope to see more of this pattern in the future.
I have municipal leaf pick up still available in my community, but am finding it easier to process the leaves with my lawn mower rather than blowing them to the curb side. I found that it is important to use a machine with a higher torque (power) as this gives it the means to handle the extra load of leaves and grass. My 7-torque Sears Craftsman is able to do the job. I used to have a Craftsman 6.2 torque and that machine would clog and spit out clumps of debris. The 7-torque chops up leaves and grass so fine that it disappears into the lawn.
During the height of leaf drop from my Sugar Maple, I have to run over the leaves 2-3 times to get them pulverized like I want. There is some noticeable leaf debris in the lawn after the "big chop", but this settles in within a week or after next rain fall.
Caretaker/ Park Preserves - Town of Greenburgh
We here at the College of New Rochelle were very fortunate to have Mike DeBartolo of Westchester Landscape Depot come to the campus to personally instruct my Landscape contractor, Raymondo, on the proper use of the Vulcher mulching attachment to his mower.
These photos (below) show the progress of mulching-in-place when done in the proper manner. You can see the large amount of leaves reduced to the size of, what I like to say, 'cigarette tobacco.'
The secret, if I may, is operating the machine essentially in circles (going over the partially chopped leaves a second pass) which causes the leaves to be mulched down to a very fine size.
Experiencing the leaf mowing mulching method first hand, I must say this process is a 'no brainer' for landscapers and homeowners alike to adopt. They must simply retool themselves mentally and break from the old ways of removing leaves from their property. By embracing the LELE method and with access to continuing education outreach/training demos showing 'best techniques', it will get easier each time they mulch!
It creates a win-win situation not only by saving time and money, but because it is great for the ecology.
|Partially processed leaves exhaust from deck towards un-mulched area.|
|Move more slowly than when mowing grass to allow finer leaf chop.|
|About 2/3 to 3/4 width intake under mower deck is optimum.|
|A second pass over leaf debris ensures finest chop.|
Thanks to College of New Rochelle and Mike DeBartolo of Westchester Landscape Depot (located in New Rochelle) for this LELE demonstration.
The following testimonials appeared in the Rivertown Enterprise newspaper in 2011 as part of a public education outreach campaign. The goal was to share first-hand experience with the techniques and results of leaf mulching-in-place. (Several of these testimonials were also inserted in 2012 and 2013.)