What are the Pros and Cons of mulching, looking to switch.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by KPW LawnCare, May 12, 2010.

  1. KPW LawnCare

    KPW LawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am thinking about maybe switching form side discharge to mulching and want to know if it would be a good choice. I cut a lot of KBG. Is it better and easier to mulch. What are the pro and cons of mulching.
     
  2. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    Less clean up, but the trade off is more time mowing because you have to go slower. On normal accounts that you mow at 3mph its fine its in the wide open 8mph+ mowing you have to slow down with the kit. Also, if you cross hard surfaces it will dump all the clippings because it loses vacuum. Cleaning under the deck because a daily routine too.
     
  3. fredmullegun

    fredmullegun LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have to clean my deck more often when setup for mulching.
     
  4. KPW LawnCare

    KPW LawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am thinking about getting a kit for my 36'' metro.
     
  5. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    I'd just get a plate for that small of a machine. If it has a 13hp don't even think about mulching.
     
  6. KPW LawnCare

    KPW LawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yea thats just what I ment.
     
  7. AllSeasonServices

    AllSeasonServices LawnSite Member
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    Have you ever been striping a lawn and you get close to to a planting bed or one of those white PVC fences and you have to choose between making and cleaning up a mess or messing up your stripes. With the mulching kit that doesent happen... but you do have too slow down in thick or wet grass. And ive noticed that if you pull off the lawn onto a paved surface that is light in color the tires will leave a green stain like when your working in very wet grass, so I just try to avoid that. All and All I think the time evens out bc although you need to slow down a bit... you dont have as much cleanup, but I think the lawn looks better when using a mulching kit compared to letting it fly IMO.
     
  8. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    All that is true but I rather spend more time on the mower and less on the ground. I can mow more lawns that way without being tireds (fatigued). You won't be able to mulch with a 13hp it will be like mowing in 1 gear all day and if its really hot and dry you may get into 2. LOL Also, the blades wear faster. I mulch but I have the power and small enough to get it done I also wait until about 9 to cut my first lawn.
     
  9. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
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    I mulch year round and all my yards have the just bagged look, no clippings thrown in the flower beds or against the house. Only down side is in thick wet grass you will have to slow down and double cut sometimes. Overall I like the way my yards look when finished and so do my clients. I have been able to convert some of the die hard bag my yard folks over to mulching.
     
  10. cutterschoice24

    cutterschoice24 LawnSite Member
    from Fl
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    i would have to say it was the best thing i ever done in my business although it just depends like a couple of people have mentioned you must have the power to mulch i have a scag 48 and had the hurricane mulch kit its awesome but the 19 isn't quite enough power my new mower is a 48 the next lazer z with the 23 kohler command pro i don't like the kit as much as the scag but it still does an awesome job i have a mower set up for side discharge which is what my scag is set up for and then i have my new ex mark z and that has the mulching kit on it so best of both worlds not very easy to mulch retention ponds.I wouldn't change back though much cleaner look no clippings in the beds
     

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