American Sycamore experience
We moved in to a new house last year. There's a big American Sycamore in back, and another in front. Between June and August, these are shedding bark. Between August and November, they shed leaves. This adds up to a lot of raking and lot of bags of raked stuff. I'd love to be able to turn this into an asset, but so far, it's mostly been a nuisance. Here's what our options seem to be so far:
1) Run over the stuff with the mower and turn it into mulch. Alas, this dulls the mower blade pretty fast. Maybe we should just get in the habit of replacing the blade every month in the summer.
2) Get a light, inexpensive chipper/shredder. Electric, I don't like having gas things around. But these light electric ones seem to have maintenance issues.
3) Get a lawn service? Not in the budget.
4) Set up wire mesh circles to make gigantic bark/leaf compost piles, offending our tidy neighbor. Locate these in parts of the years we are encouraging to go native.
Any thoughts on this?