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Got home at 8 pm last night and it was plenty dark.  The forecast called for snow overnight and I knew my yard was covered in leaves.  I needed to get those leaves chopped up and into the lawn before the snow came so I got out my 21" SP mower and went to work.  The quiet operation let me work without bothering my neighbors and the headlights showed me all the leaves covering my grass.  It was great to be able to get it done and save my lawn from a potential winter buried under leaves.  And got the added bonus of fertilizing my lawn with all those crunchy little bits of mighty oak.  I haven't raked or bagged leaves since buying this mower - a bonus I never thought of when making the purchase.

**pictures are not from last night but from previous mows that show the issues discussed - it was cold last night and I didn't stop to take any fresh pictures**


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I really like how quiet the tools are. I haven't had to use mine after dark yet, but have used them fairly early in the morning, and haven't worried about bothering the neighbors at all.
I mulched leaves from the front yard today. Probably 3-4" deep so they got a good mulching pass with the mower, but then I went ahead and bagged too since you can't see the grass with that much mulch. The pieces are definitely small enough that what gets left behind on the yard will break down quickly and the stuff that went into the bag will also break down quickly in my compost pile.
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The lawn can take more leaves than you might think

You want to reduce your leaf clutter to dime-size pieces. You'll know you're done when about half an inch of grass can be seen through the mulched leaf layer.
https://www.scotts.com/en-us/library/lawn-care-basics/dont-rake-those-leaves-mulch-them-your-lawn

Up to 6 inches of leaves can be “mulched” at a time, depending on the type of mower you have. Push mowers will handle smaller amounts, but are still very effective.
http://www.canr.msu.edu/news/smart_gardeners_mulch_fallen_leaves_into_lawn_to_save_money




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