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Hello,

We'd like to be able to catch our grass from mowing to use in our compost bins. We have a Husqvarna TS354XD. I was looking at the Husqvarna Lawn Mower Triple Bagger Fits 54" Deck (H354Slg) 960730021 but I'm seeing a lot of mixed reviews. We live in northern Maryland and for the past year at least we've gotten a LOT of rain. I don't want to spend a lot of time unclogging this thing. Alternatively we were thinking of a pull behind sweeper, the disadvantage of that is that we would have to cover the 4 acres that we mow twice. Thinking about it though, would a multching kit and a pull behind sweeper work?

Look forward to hearing your suggestions.

Thanks,

Ben
 

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For 4 acres you really think anyone makes a sweeper large enough to bother with? I have been considering an estate rake and baling it and possibly sell the bales. If I want 3 acres of compost I will just let it lay. Before the summer is over it seems to disappear anyway. But I do get the fact it look bad till it decomposes or gets chewed up by multiple mowing's. It has yet to kill and grass here.
 

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If he is going to vacuum it why not just attach it to the mower deck and have it over with. Sweeping or raking 4 acres would be a little ridicules.
 

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Ben, do you have access to leafs; especially maple leafs? Leafs makes a much better compost than grass.

Grass is just one part of a compost pile in fact one part grass to four or five part leafs is the best compost you can get it.

Even if you go into a city that collects leafs and leaves them by the curb it would be better than just grass composting

Google leaf composting

The only time I would use a pull-behind rake is in the fall; that is just to get enough grass for my leaf compost.

the rest of the year just mow the yard and let the grass clippings feed the yard don't rake it
 

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Mulching is a PIA and doesn't do anything but clog the mower.......bagging is a little better, but after you take the clippings from the lawn, then you have to fertilize. never mind stopping to empty bags.....
 

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I don’t have experience with the baggers on a rider, but I know it only takes about a minute of mowing to fill the bagger on my push mower. Stopping and emptying all the time is a PITA- have to stage wheelbarrows and wagons around the yard because it never fills by the compost pile.

I cut about 2 acres with my tractor and use a pull behind sweeper once in a while- usually the day after cutting when the clippings are dry. You can be strategic with your side discharge while mowing so you have some rows to pick up instead of covering the whole lawn again. Also, I can go much faster sweeping than I can while mowing.

A rear discharge mower with a pull behind sweeper would be a nice setup. Agri-fab also makes a sweeper that you can offset to pick up the side discharge as you mow. I’d imagine maneuverability is difficult like that.
 

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It depends on how much the grass grows between mowings. The triple bagger for my Gravely ZT XL 42 fills up relatively quickly during spring cleanup, but during the summer it rarely fills up unless we get a lot of rain and mow 2 weeks growth (normally I mow every week).

But, if you fill the bag on a push mower in a minute, maybe you need to mow more often. That's a lot of grass you are cutting off and leaving on top of the grass (if you don't bag it).

If you want to bag a larger area, or not cut as often, so you have a greater volume of clippings, maybe something like a DR Power Tow-Behind Leaf and Lawn Vacuum might be the right kind of setup for you (similar setups are available from other manufacturers as well).
 

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For 4 acres you really think anyone makes a sweeper large enough to bother with? I have been considering an estate rake and baling it and possibly sell the bales. If I want 3 acres of compost I will just let it lay. Before the summer is over it seems to disappear anyway. But I do get the fact it look bad till it decomposes or gets chewed up by multiple mowing's. It has yet to kill and grass here.
The compost is for the garden. Currently my mother-in-law is hand raking the grass, which isn't ideal.

If he is going to vacuum it why not just attach it to the mower deck and have it over with. Sweeping or raking 4 acres would be a little ridicules.
My concern with attaching to the mower deck is the clogging, which from reviews I've read happens quite often. I'm thinking with a plug on the mower deck and a sweeper behind I won't have to make multiple passes. This should also have the added benefit of flexibility in the direction of mowing. Won't have to worry as much about blowing clippings into the gardens.

Ben, do you have access to leafs; especially maple leafs? Leafs makes a much better compost than grass.

Grass is just one part of a compost pile in fact one part grass to four or five part leafs is the best compost you can get it.

Even if you go into a city that collects leafs and leaves them by the curb it would be better than just grass composting

Google leaf composting

The only time I would use a pull-behind rake is in the fall; that is just to get enough grass for my leaf compost.

the rest of the year just mow the yard and let the grass clippings feed the yard don't rake it
Yes, we use leaves too but my mother-in-law says she needs more grass, easier not to argue :D
 

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If your mother in law is hand raking 4 acres of lawn, it would seem there would be no time to argue, why do want to change that again??
Seriously I have about 2 acres to mow and the ground is always damp so it grows fast. In my situation I cut more often so clipping don’t accumulate. When I do miss my shot and the grass gets long enough that I need to rake, I tow the lawn sweep while mowing, but that is limited success, to reduce back tracking I am thinking about rigging up a tow system to tow the sweeper off set so it picks up as the side discharge spits it out. Probably means more stop and dump time, so in reality for me the solution is back to square one, cut the grass often usually twice a week when it is really growing.
 

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One user's opinion on grass collection, even wet clumpy grass. Get a pull behind powered vac such as a Cyclone Rake. For 4 acres, get the largest capacity, and you will never look back. 4 years with mine and does not clog unless I get a branch stuck cross ways in the hose. Then easily cleared. Super good suction.
 

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I use a sweeper on about 2 acres, I dump it when it gets full and try to get those piles relatively near each other. It's very easy to offset a sweeper enough to pick up your discharge.
 

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I don't have the same mower as you but I mow a similar size property. Weather was super wet this spring so I wasn't able to mow early or often and grass got out of control. I broke down and bow a DR tow behind motorized bagger. Not a cheap way to go but I used it once to pick up most of the tall grass I had just cut, then mowed a week later with the bagger as well. The place looks fantastic now. I have a spot in the back of the property where I dump for compost. I plan to bag leaves in the fall to add to the piles and mix them up well.
 

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Be best to spread those clippings out rather than put them in a pile,if they are still moist they can ignite themselves due to the heat of decomposition...my neighbor had a big pile in their backyard one year that started itself on fire,nearly caused a huge brush fire..

My friend's dad baled some hay in wet weather back in 1972 and they put it in the hayloft in the barn--next day it hit 90 degrees and the hay started on fire and burnt the barn to the ground!..
 
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