Most important is amongst the mulching section. Use a sharp blade. Works
better if the grass is moist or dry. Chops up the ORGANICALLY degradable
mulch better, making it easier to blend into the soil. If you're too lazy
or don't know how to sharpen it, replace it every season.
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I don't buy the mulching argument.
In my experience, mulched grass creates a sponge layer at the surface
and any rain that comes in the summer (we're having a drought, like we
usually seem to do every summer, here in SW-Ontario).
When we get our pathetic quick thunder storms, the rain rolls quickly
off our hard-packed clay soils. Any rain that doesn't run off gets
absorbed by the dried mulch layer, which then gives it back to the
atmosphere when it dries. It prevents the moisture from reaching and
being absorbed into the soil surface.
You might say "well, just add better top soil to your lawn". That
doesn't work if we're talking about city-owned portion of your front
yard, or the grass circle in the middle of a court.
It is universally said that mulched grass contains nutients that are
great to give back to your lawn.
Well, if cut grass was so great, then why don't municiple yards that
collect yard waste accept it? These places take yard waste (tree
branches mostly, maybe pine needles and other stuff you rake) and
mulch/compost it and sell it. But they won't take grass. Why not I
ask? Everyone says that grass contains all these nutrients? Grass
should be great, perfect to add to the ground-up yard waste? But no,
they don't take it. If they take it, they charge you $1 a bag.
The truth is that municiple garbage collection and yard-waste
management knows that cut grass is useless and nutrient-poor (full of
carbon mostly) so they create this con-job and tell people it's better
for your lawn to mulch. They just don't want to deal with cut grass
so they want you to just leave it in your grass, where it will create
thatch that will thin out your grass, harbor bugs and disease and soak
up the little, precious water you get in the summer and act like a
barrier to prevent the water from getting to the parched soil
I'm sorry, but the above sentence appears as an incomplete thought. "...and
any rain...", what? Are you saying that the dried grass clippings soak up
all of the rain? You have a source for that?
Ever consider watering between the rains? If you soak your lawn, properly,
you shouldn't have the runoff. You can't blame the grass clippings for your
How much rainfall? Saying a "thunderstorm", no matter how "pathetically
quick", usually involves rainfall on the heavier side. There's not enough
surface area on the (especially, dried) grass clippings to absorb any
measurable amount of moisture. It may slow the water down, in route to the
soil, but it certainly doesn't absorb all of the water.
You'll lose /some/ to evaporation, but being shaded by the grass itself, a
good amount will reach the soil. A lot will be determined by the weather
conditions (does the sun come out, right after the storm, or does it remain
overcast?, etc.), as well as the general conditions of the area (full sun?
Why can't you improve the turf's conditions at the easement?
Who cares? That's the city's problem, not the homeowners.
And, you disagree with that? Are you saying that grass clippings have no
nutritional value to turf?
Because of all of the chemicals that people put on their lawns.
Do you apply chemicals to your trees and shrubs, on a regular basis (as
regular as your lawn?).
Wow, Einstein, "full of carbon mostly"? They're living organisms. Of
/course/ they're 'mostly carbon'. They're also absolutely loaded with
nitrogen (and a lot of other nutrients). Do some homework, eh?
Please, give us your understanding of what "thatch" is.
They exist quite well in a lawn that gets "bagged". What bugs and diseases
do you speak of, that only exist in "mulched" lawns? Or, alternatively,
provide a source stating that bugs and diseases are higher in lawns that
Go buy a sprinkler and quit blaming the grass clippings for your poor lawn
Good grief, you /really/ sound like Stubby.
-If a cow laughs hard, does milk come out its nose?
when creating pasture grass for animals to graze on
you'll learn after doing some research and reading how
there are a vast number of lawn products that are strictly
forbidden and extremely unwise to use on pasture grasses.
these are products commonly used by the typical home owner
seeking a green lush healthy lawn. the reason behind this
is because these products do indeed end up in the grass and
are then ingested by the animal doing the grazing.
as for your problems with mulching, I suspect you're waiting
to long in-between cuts and therefore producing more clippings
than the lawn can properly absorb before your next cut. for
example: the typical recommendation for mowing fescue is to
mow when the grass reaches 4 inches in height and to cut back
to three inches. when mulching the 4 inch height the cut
should only remove 1/2 inch leaving the height at 3.5 inches.
proper mulching techniques require more frequent mowing. so,
cut and mulch at a height of 3.5 to remove 1/2 inch returning
the fescue to the recommend height of 3 inches.
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