String trimmer as leaf mulcher

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Here in So California the cities gives us 75 gallon green waste receptacle cans. They are big and sturdy so I decided to try them as a vessel to mulch weeds,leaves and grass. The weed whacker minus the safety cover goes in first. Then I load 75 gallons of loosely packed leaves on top. It takes me 5-10 minutes to chop the lot down to fine mulch for spreading on the garden.

Between my Gardener shredding them with his mulching mower and EGO and I, ZERO leaves have gone to the city this fall.

In the past the cost for fire clearance averaged about $2500 a year per lot. I paid half that this year on one lot, cleared 3 others with the weed whacker and still have one to do. Call me a happy camper.
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Would it matter to how well they get chopped up if the safety guard were left on the trimmer? Totally going to try this.
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I think it's a better chop with it off. Second time I put the trimmer in first, the loaded leaves on top. It worked well with virtually no dust. The crushed leaves drop to the bottom. I use a pitch fork to toss it. I think a mower is faster but mine is dead.
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Thanks Beth. I'll give it a try with it on. What I'm going to do is run my Ego mower over the leaves to collect them into the bag, it vacuums them up pretty well, and then into the bin to further mulch with the weed whacker. I've been mulching the leaves right into the yard, but there are enough in the yard now so I've got to put them somewhere else and my compost pile will be a perfect place for them.
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I'd use the mower, then shovel or rake 'em up. I think you'll get a better chop with less effort
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Ok, I just had to try this. I used the mower to vacuum up leaves from my front and back yards. So they didn't get broken down too much. Put them into a 30 gal trash can. Got about 2/3 full on the can. I didn't remove the safety guard on the string trimmer and it still broke a good 90 - 95% of the leaves down to only about 1/4 full on the can. Into my compost pile they went. I will try it again with another batch of leaves and with the guard off to see the difference. Definitely faster than mulching, raking, and into bins or bags. Maybe 30 minutes from start of mower to end of mulching with trimmer?



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That's about what I got. I had some old .65 line left from a B&D electric unit. A heavier line would work better. I would love to see an EGO leaf mulcher under $300.
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That's really awesome! I'm going to have to try that next year.

I wonder if this would be a good way to mix large quantities of margaritas?
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Party now solves the 50 gallon drum in the freezer issue.  Stays frozen right on the deck.
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Hah, funny! As I was grinding those leaves up while moving the string trimmer around I was put in mind of those immersion blenders and maybe we could have a big ol' pot of chowder while enjoying those margaritas. LOL
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Chowder and margaritas? Dang, now I have to make Shrimp cocktail or ceviche too. Merry Christmas everyone!

BTW, that Southern California fire in Monrovia last week was a block up from the rental house. The 30000' lot I broke my Ego Weed Wacker in on did not burn but it was close. We have a squatter in the property about to be thrown out by the sheriff. The fire out the fear of God in them and now they are moving away and wanting to make nice with me. #notfeelinit
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I bet that string trimmer could put the fear of something else into that squatter while chasing them off your property with it!!! :-)
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Just relax, bend over and take a deep breath.