famous university mulching mowing study

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by satireirony, Jun 7, 2007.

  1. satireirony

    satireirony LawnSite Member
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    There's a rather old (by now) but famous university study in which scientists and researchers determined that mulching is better for lawns than bagging is. Everybody continually cites the study when talking about mulch mowing as opposed to bagging, but as famous as the study is, I can't seem to find it (or info on it) on the web.

    If anybody can cite the study, the year done (I'd guess about 1980 or '85), and the institution that did the study, I'd appreciate it if you'd post it here.

    Many thanks!!
     
  2. YukonG

    YukonG LawnSite Member
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    I would like to see it also.
    Tag.
     
  3. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
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  4. grass disaster

    grass disaster LawnSite Silver Member
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    anything like this for aerating
     
  5. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
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  6. satireirony

    satireirony LawnSite Member
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    Many thanks for the links!

    Unless I'm missing something, though, all the sites, including university ones, simply flatly state that mulching is better, without citing studies or research.

    I'm looking for the research works that the "mulching is better" statement is based upon.

    I assume that it is, but am disturbed that the "mulching is better" mantra may just be the sort of thing that gets repeated mindlessly, the way the statement "clover is good" was repeated in the 1930's and then "clover is bad" was repeated in the 1960's and then "clover is good" again is repeated today.

    I want science. Anybody got it?
     
  7. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
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    Thats the best I could come up with. Some give an explanation. As far as numbers and things like that might see was Michigan State or Rutgers turf have to offer. I am thinking either one of those two did a study a while back.
     
  8. treemonkey

    treemonkey LawnSite Member
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  9. treemonkey

    treemonkey LawnSite Member
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  10. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Tagging this so I can find it when I get home.

    Gonna print some of this off.

    Good stuff!
     

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