Cleaned out the flower beds and under shrubs yesterday. The roses had one bale of straw distributed around their root crowns and the shrubs had several bushels of last years leaves under them to protect them from freezing over the winter. Used a blower to remove and blow all this out into the yard, we have 8 large spruce trees and their cones already in the yard. Spruce cones are more like corn cobs than the harder cones of pines. Instead of gathering this all up in, usually, 3, 55 gal contractor trash bags we mulched them. Having just purchase a LM2102SP, and the grass still not growing, I spread this detritus around the yard and mulched it all with my new mower set at #2 height. Went slow, and went over it first one way and then cross way and it all mulched into the lawn. Did not use the mower in the self propelled mode and the result is a fine leave/straw mulch?.. on the grass that is still only about 1 to 2 inches high. The cones and twigs were not a problem, and tho the blade is still reasonably sharp I will remove, sharpen, and reinstall it before I get to mow the lawn first time.