another Florida question

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by I.M. Green, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. I.M. Green

    I.M. Green LawnSite Member
    Messages: 177

    why don't we use mulch kits? The only reason I don't is because that's the way I learned when I worked for someone else. However, I know that alot of homeowners with the little push mowers, that's all they do and the grass looks great! I have asked at the shop and they say "just put a shoot blocker on it" which I have done, but it leaves a "snail trail". So I am thinking of a mulching kit for my Exmark but don't want to throw money away.
  2. GravelyNut

    GravelyNut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,594

    Mulch kits are iffy in this area. We install them when a customer asks for them. But sometimes less than 2 weeks later end up pulling them off. Others swear by them so it's all up to the customers. Reason some don't work is visible outside right now. Cut the grass Saturday night ( finished at 2030) and it could use it already. Actually, it could have used it again by Sunday morning. :( The rain before and after mowing didn't help except that it drove the clippings into the grass.
  3. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,203

    We have run mulch plates on mowers for over 30 years and cut exactly the same grass you have. And that little bit that falls out on the right side is simply picked up on the next round by overlapping the mower a little bit. All our yards are cut in CW manner starting on outside.
  4. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,711

    same here -only mulching
  5. a clear difference lawn

    a clear difference lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 421

    I service close to 60 lawns a week and mulch them all year round. Wavy blades in spring and summer - gators in fall and winter. Works great for me and saves lots of time on cleanup. Much less blowing.
  6. justanotherlawnguy

    justanotherlawnguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,282

    we mulch exclusively, i see guys who side discharge and the mess is just ungodly!!!!! I have mulched st augustine from 7" down to 4.75 and it looks beautiful. Bahia gets iffy sumetimes, but as long as it is cut real short it mulchs nice.

    the grass has to be real wet for it to be ineffective...
  7. fobaum

    fobaum LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 364

    I had a mulching kit on my gravely and it sucked, worked pretty good for floratam(st augustine)but not heavy growth. And bohia :nono:forget about it.
  8. C4chris70

    C4chris70 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 499

    Year round mulching for all 130 accounts.
  9. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,837

    Mulch everyday. I have the real mulching kit for my toro not just a plate.
  10. lot0210

    lot0210 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 106

    Not only does it leave a nice finish but muching also gets nutriants back to the grass sooner and there for makes the lawn healthier

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