One familiar aspect of the fall season is the carpet of leaves that covers most yards and driveways. Many people choose to rake and bag the leaves, but you can also use the leaves to make mulch. You can always buy a mulcher, but it may seem excessive it you only need it once or twice a year. An alternative is to make your own mulcher out of an old lawnmower, some blocks and a piece of pipe material.
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Things you need
- Old lawnmower
- Rain gutter piping
- Metal L-angle brackets with screws
- Cement blocks
- Safety glasses
- Adjustable wrench
Place an old lawnmower on top of four cement or breeze blocks. Make sure each tire is sunk inside the hole of each block. Start the mower and make sure the mower does not fall or slip off the blocks. Turn the mower off.
Cut a piece of standard rain gutter piping to a length of 36 to 48 inches. Make sure the diameter of the pipe is wide enough to shove leaves through.
Attach three or four L-type angle brackets to one end of the rain gutter section. Drill holes for the screws to attach the brackets, then screw the brackets in place.
Clamp the angle brackets to the lawnmower using C-clamps. Make sure the end of the rain gutter pipe leads into the ejection port of the lawnmower. This is now the feeding chute for the leaves to be mulched.
Remove the lawnmower handle using a screwdriver and an adjustable wrench. This will help stabilise the mower while on the blocks.
Put on a pair of safety glasses. Start the mower and hold the free end of the feeding chute upright. Drop some leaves or other plant material into the feeding chute. Mulched leaves will collect under the mower. Turn off the mower before attempting to clear out the mulch pile.
Constructing the Mulcher
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