Is it better to bag or mulch my lawn clippings?

We have read several articles about this question and have found the answer to this question. Mulch! I am sure you are thinking, but I can’t stand the mess that the clippings make if I don’t bag the clippings. Well if that is the case then there could be a few things that make that happen. Either the blade is not a good mulching blade, you are cutting the lawn when it is moist or are cutting the lawn when it is too long. When we mulch, very rarely can you see the clippings. We are sure that if it is moist or rainy, we pick up your clippings.  

Ok, ok you probably want to know why mulching is good now. Do you know that there is nitrogen in the blades of your grass? Did you also know that nitrogen is one of the main sources of fertilizer to help your lawn turn green? I look at it this way, when you mulch your clippings in each time you mow, then it is fertilizing your lawn with nitrogen. Mulching also helps provide organic matter to the soil which in turn helps earthworms, beneficial bacteria and fungus.

What about thatch build up? Thatch is the layer of dead and living grass in between the soil and the green tips of the lawn. Leaving the lawn clippings on the lawn doesn’t add to thatch but rather benefits the soil around the thatch. The lawn clippings end up finding their way down to the soil to benefit it, so no worries about a thatch build up problem.

We have always mulched for our clients lawns for a handful of reasons:

  • It is beneficial for the lawn.
  • No waste to worry about dumping in our clients dumpster to stink it up.
  • No extra cost to haul the clippings to the landfill.
  • Less waste being taken to the landfill
  • Less pollution having to haul the materials to the dump as well, so you are doing a service to our planet by mulching your lawn clippings.

So next time you mow try mulching the clippings in to see the multiple benefits of doing so. It may take a few months before you see the results but, your lawn will thank you for it!

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