"When to bag?"&"When to mulch?"

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Vibe Ray, Jan 18, 2001.

  1. Vibe Ray

    Vibe Ray LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 785

    I've read in the past that you guys like to bag sometimes and mulch sometimes. When do you bag and When do you mulch? And why?
     
  2. Jusmowin

    Jusmowin LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 727

    Where I live I bag in the spring and fall and mulch in the summer. The reason I do this is the grass is too heavy or has leaves in it and doesnt look good after I try to mulch it. But around summer time I mulch to add nutrience to the yard soit doesnt get burned out or dry.Just my 2 cents
     
  3. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

    Bagging - leaves only (with a place to dump)
    Mulching- never
     
  4. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,555

    Bag,first few cuts of the season,during cleanups,and the last month or so during clean ups.Discharge the rest of the yr,mulching only works good if the grass is dry and not to tall,I just discharge the rest of the time with double blades.
     
  5. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,662

    We remove the clippings from the turf areas from April thru the end of May in the springtime. Usually the clippings are wet from the rain season and it is faster to bag then to try to disperse without wind-rows or clumping.

    In the fall during November we remove the clippings once again. At this time we are charging extra for Fall Clean-Ups and bagging keeps the lawns looking neat.

    Removal of clippings is done in an effort to keep the properties with a meticulous, manicured look only when NECESSARY. By not bagging the lawns we are able to promote a healthier turf environment for our customers, thus greatly reducing the need for chemicals and pesticides.

    During those times when we are not bagging the amount of fertilizer used is almost reduced in half depending on the time of year. We reduce fertilizer applications because of the nitrogen content from the break down of the clippings.

    Hope this answers your qusetions.
    Kris
     
  6. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,662

    We remove the clippings from the turf areas from April thru the end of May in the springtime. Usually the clippings are wet from the rain season and it is faster to bag then to try to disperse without wind-rows or clumping.

    In the fall during November we remove the clippings once again. At this time we are charging extra for Fall Clean-Ups and bagging keeps the lawns looking neat.

    Removal of clippings is done in an effort to keep the properties with a meticulous, manicured look only when NECESSARY. By not bagging the lawns we are able to promote a healthier turf environment for our customers, thus greatly reducing the need for chemicals and pesticides.

    During those times when we are not bagging the amount of fertilizer used is almost reduced in half depending on the time of year. We reduce fertilizer applications because of the nitrogen content from the break down of the clippings.

    Hope this answers your questions.
    Kris
     
  7. Jerrys Lawn Service

    Jerrys Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    Posts: 155

    Just like John said, cutting with double blades cuts everything up real fine, most of the time there is no need to bag unless you are in a confined space,like around landscape gardens.

    Good Luck!
    jerryslawnservice@home.com
     
  8. TGCummings

    TGCummings LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 773

    Mulch - Always. :)

    -TGC
     
  9. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Posts: 4,831

    Bag: Never
    Mulch: Spring and fall to chop up leaves
    Double Blades: All season
    An open OCDC 99% of the time for the rest of the season
     
  10. BigEd

    BigEd LawnSite Senior Member
    from MD
    Posts: 299

    What is that??Thanks ahead of time
     

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