Mowing- Bag Or Mulch?

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by Landscape89, Apr 25, 2006.






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  1. grassaholic

    grassaholic LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 369

    Right now I side discharge. Here in Cincinnati, the grass grows so thick and tall that mulching isn't an option. I haven't seen a mulching mower yet that can leave a clean cut when the grass is tall,thick, and green. If it's wet you can forget about it. I've been thinking about going to collection full time with my Walkers instead of only using the GHS system in the fall. I mow alot of high end residential lawns and am tired of filling everyones beds with grass. Once you do that you have to go back and blow the grass out of the beds.No matter how carefull you are with the blower, you end up blowing the mulch out of the beds and screwin up the landscape that the customer just paid you big bucks to clean up and mulch. I'm also tired of double and triple cutting lawns. If I collect with the Walker the lawn looks great after the first cut and there is no grass all over the sidewalks,driveways,and in the landscape. I just need to find a good setup as far as a truck that can hold alot of grass clippings and be able to dump without disconnecting my trailer.
  2. Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,196

    I side discharge and if they object, then i side discharge :)
  3. 29 Palms Property Management

    29 Palms Property Management LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 347

    80% of the time I side discharge
    20% of the time I mulch
    Never ever do I bag, absolutely not!
  4. tlwmsu

    tlwmsu LawnSite Member
    Posts: 43

    Is the 20% customer request, or do the specific lawns make mulching neccessary?

    Not in FL yet, so I have to ask this. Are the majority/all of the lawns St. Augustine or mixtures of St. Augustine?
  5. EDEN77

    EDEN77 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 102

    I mulch 100% with Toro ProLine WB mowers. If I fertilize the lawn, I overlap a little more on each pass in the Spring. If someone else fertilizes the lawn, I may have to mow twice each time until late June. Bagging does LOOK best. But, mulching IS best if the lawn isn't out of control. After the Spring madness settles down, there's not much difference in looks between bagging and mulching for the rest of the year if you mow with sharp blades.

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