If you have a home with a lot of trees in the yard like me, it might be time for you to consider purchasing a leaf mulcher to clear away some of that yard waste. While you can use one of these machines to reduce the number of trash bags it takes to haul away the leaves each fall, I prefer to use it to recycle some of that yard waste and put it to good use in my flower beds and my garden.
You see, by putting your leaves and grass clippings to a high quality mulcher, like the Flowtron LE-900 leaf mulcher, you can give your plants some good organic mulch, which is much better for them than the inorganic pebble mulch that you can buy at your local garden supply store. The best part about using this leaf mulcher is how incredibly easy the process is from start to finish.
Flowtron LE-900 review – Best in class Leaf Mulcher Shredder
Setting up the Flowtron LE-900 leaf mulcher is pretty simple right out of the box. All you need is a screwdriver to get it together, which makes it easy even for someone like me who is terrible at putting things together. The machine weighs just 17 pounds, which means you don’t need much strength to move it around the yard. It is an electric powered model, which is great because it is much quieter than my neighbor’s gas powered leaf mulcher.
I was really impressed to learn that the Flowtron LE-900 leaf mulcher is capable of taking wet leaves as well as dry. This is important to me because I only have time on the weekends to use my mulcher and since it can rain on the leaves before I get to them, they are often wet when I go to dispose of them.
The only downside of this mulcher for me is that it cannot handle twigs and limbs like some of the heavy duty machines. Instead, it just takes leaves, grass clipping, pine needles and thatch. And you need to feed the leaves into the machine slowly to prevent overloading it. However, it does process through the leaves and grass clippings pretty quickly.
The Flowtron LE-900 leaf mulcher has plastic blades, which is different from some leaf mulchers. The blades are easy to change and less of a safety hazard than metal blades. Of course, you cannot sharpen plastic blades like you can metal ones, which is why you end up having to change them. Since the machine cannot process twigs or branches, you actually get longer life out of the plastic blades than you might expect.
Whether you want to save the mulch for later use or let the trash people pick it up, the Flowtron LE-900 leaf mulcher is designed so that you can easily attach a large trash bag to the bottom of it or just sit it over a large trash can. I love this feature because it means no mess to clean up when you are done. The machine also has a shredding adjustment, from coarse to fine, which is beneficial for making your own garden mulch.
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