Bagging or Mulching?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Landscape89, May 23, 2005.

  1. Landscape89

    Landscape89 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 237

    Hello Again,

    With all the rain that we've had in May up here in New England, the lawns get long very quickly. So far on my accounts I have been bagging the clippings ( I have a Hi-Vac mower and it does a nice job!). I know some people are very particular about seeing clippings on their lawn, but Mulching seems to shred the clippings so small that they are almost invisible in addition to returning nutrients back into the soil. What do you think I should do with my accounts in your opinion, Keep Bagging or Mulch the clippings?

    Thanks for the Help! :waving:
    -SH
     
  2. Adamma Landscape Group

    Adamma Landscape Group LawnSite Member
    Posts: 88

    Landscape 89,
    Are you mowing weekly? Are there beds near the lawn?
     
  3. surfisher211

    surfisher211 LawnSite Member
    from Jersey
    Posts: 141

    when i have yards that grow high i keep working all the clippings to the center of the yard ,till i have about 3 or 4 passes left and then bag . u will be surprised that u can get 4 catcher fulls in 1 catcher :)
     
  4. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 963


    Same here. If it is bad I do the above (side discharge and 2 passes w/ a 21" to collect). 3 passes along the beds w/ discharge into the middle will keep the grass out of the beds. I use doubles (gators over high lifts) and it is hard to tell the turf was not bagged when I'm done.
     
  5. kpyoung

    kpyoung LawnSite Member
    Posts: 53

    We mulch every yard throughout the entire season. Early spring we may have to double-cut some lawns but it doesn't take that much longer to raise the deck a 1/4 inch and run over the lawn. This second pass can be run at a faster speed than the initial cut speed was. I may be wrong but I don't think we spend any more time on a yard double-cutting than we would if we bagged and had to deal with the clippings. In my city, all grass clippings must be bagged at the curb, no loose clippings will be picked up.
     
  6. gil

    gil LawnSite Member
    Posts: 92

    I mulch everyting.
     
  7. Lawn Sharks

    Lawn Sharks LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 394

    Mulch all the time.
     
  8. HOOLIE

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,981

    I bag some, discharge on others. Really whatever is going to be the fastest for me. And with a new helper, it's often better to have him bag, rather than spray grass into every bed and plaster the side of the house and customer's cars with clippings. The bagger is a sort of "training wheel" for newbies.
     
  9. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,075

    Everything gets discharged. No bagging here.


    Gravely_Man
     
  10. ProCare Lawn Service

    ProCare Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    Posts: 167

    Prefer to mulch but sometimes bag. Only in fall though.
     

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