Benefits of Mulching
When grass grows it stores nutrients in the cell structure of the blades of grass. When you mow your lawn with a mulching lawn mower the blades of grass that are cut will be pulverized and spread through your grass. The mulch will begin to break down and release the nutrients back into your soil. These nutrients and the raw organic material will be added to the thatch layer of your lawn which acts as an insulation to the soil and grass roots, and also a nutrient source. When you water your lawn or when it rains, the thatch layer will release nutrients into the soil rejuvenating any nutrients that your grass has used.
Issues With Mulching
There are a few issues that may come up if you use the mulch setting on your lawn mower.
Thatch Layer Build Up
The mulch setting on your lawn mower can also cause some issues with your lawn over time. If your lawn is growing fairly rapidly, it may not need the additional nutrients added back into the soil. The excess mulch will build up a thick thatch layer and will start restricting further growth.
Clumps Of Lawn Clippings
It is not advisable to mow a wet lawn, however for many lawn care companies the show must go on through unideal weather. Wet grass clippings can clump together and form larger mounds that will block sunlight and air from reaching the grass below.
If you are hosting an outdoor event or routinely have your kids playing on the lawn, mulching frequently may not be for you. Until the mulch spreads down to the thatch layer of your lawn, the surface will be covered or grass clippings which will stain clothes and make your lawn look uncared for.
Benefits of Bagging
Bagging your lawn clippings may be one of the more popular choices from professional lawn care experts because the final job looks great. The second after you finish mowing your lawn you will be able to enjoy it. When you mulch a yard there is a few days period where your grass will still have the lawn clippings on the top of your grass.
Issues With Bagging
Although you will have a beautiful lawn the second after you mow it, the drawbacks to bagging start with maintaining that healthy lawn.
The biggest issue with bagging your lawn clippings is the lack of nutrients returning back to your lawn. Because you are bagging away all of the useful grass clippings you will need to supplement your lawn with fertilizers which can be costly. As a homeowner, you may want to pursue fertilization, but as a lawn care company, you want your homeowners to save money where they can. Mulching is one of the best ways to return those nutrients back into the soil when you factor in that it’s free.
Frequent Mowing Breaks
When you are using a bag to capture lawn clippings you will need to take frequent stops to empty it into a yard waste bin. For homeowners, it is an extra inconvenience to take mowing breaks to empty the bag, and for lawn care crews it will delay deadlines and make it harder to get to appointments.
Mulch Frequently, and Bag For Special Events
A general rule of thumb for easy lawn care is to mulch your lawn frequently and bring the bag out for mowing your lawn before special events. This way you will have the healthy lawn that mulching offers, with the picture perfect look that bagging brings.
Going back to Mulching vs Bagging
There has been a long-standing debate about whether you should mulch or bag your grass clippings when mowing your lawn. As a general rule, you should mulch your clippings to keep your lawn healthy, and you should bag your lawn to make it picture perfect. At Just Right Lawns, we mulch our customer’s lawns to make sure their grass is getting the nutrients it needs, however, we can also bag a lawn if the resident plans to have a garden party or outdoor event.