Bagging vs Mulching

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Husky, Aug 3, 2003.

  1. Husky

    Husky LawnSite Member
    Messages: 176

    Yea yea bagging is for the birds...or is it

    Well, what is the best method for taking care of grass. You guys ever hear of floppy grass??? probably not since I just made it up, but is anykind of grass that either doesn't get sucked up right, or smushed by tires, or something weird, I get it from time to time,,,,,,i hate it,,, my question is how to get rid of it???

    These are some options people have given me on this site..

    these are 1/4 lots with a 42" 21HP rider

    1. Double blade side discharge

    2. Mulching ..(thats what I

    3. Bag it.......If I bag a lawn, I would ask the customer if its ok to leave a grass bag once a week or so, usually that should be just fine with them, so bagging is ok, and not a pain this way.

    1 more thing......which one makes the lawn look the best??? in my situation and in ur opinion
  2. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,405

    Do a search please. This topic was run in the ground so so many times.
  3. Cooper Landscaping

    Cooper Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 214

    Has there ever been a thread about this that didn't wind up getting closed? lol seriously do a search- there are tons of threads about it with tons of information.

  4. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    Greenman - Did you bother to read his post or you just saw the title? He's asking for help with getting "floppy grass" to stand up. I don't recall any posts about floppy grass recently, and didn't find any by doing a search either.

    Husky - I know what you mean, I have that problem sometimes, especially with blue grass if it gets long and it's worse on my machines when mulching as opposed to discharging.

    When I'm mulching, it's especially a problem if I cut at 3.5 inches or over. Not much of a problem at 3 and under. I'll cut a little shorter if I can and cross cut at 45 degrees if it's really bad (seems to work better than a 90 degree cross cut). I also have a JRCO tine rake that stands it up pretty well, but it's not something I do on a regular basis.

    I only bag when I absolutely have to.
  5. Rustic Goat

    Rustic Goat LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,194

    DG, don't remember that question in his post at all.
    Bagging is extra work no matter where you leave the 'bag', mulching would be what I'd do. If you have any decent mulching system, it should be able to chop it to a point of not being able to tell if it's been bagged or mulched.
    Specifically what kind of grass are you dealing with?
    Is the lawn getting watered regularly? Dried out grass will lay down and stay down.
    If you should end up bagging, for what ever reason, you really should charge more for your services.
  6. CSRA Landscaping

    CSRA Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,232

    Husky, on your mulching set-up, do you have each blade enclosed in its own 'chamber' or is it still spitting it all towards the discharge chute? If you don't have a mulching kit installed that encloses each blade, I would do that first, it allows a cleaner result. Also, keep your deck scraped clean of any debris that wants to build up under it - clean decks have a much better vacuum. Make sure your blades are sharp and have a good lift foil on them, no damage, etc.
  7. Husky

    Husky LawnSite Member
    Messages: 176

    Lift foil??? not sure what that is..sorry.....Well ok, and yea they are enclosed...but this is a husqvarna,,, nothing like an exmark(want 1 so bad) keeping this machine clean is next to impossible, someone told me that running gator blades over high lifts and with the mulch kit on would do wonderfully??? what do u think

    oh and:

    thanks darryl,, read before you guys get all mad
  8. CSRA Landscaping

    CSRA Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,232

    Well, you may be able to get away with that but my experience with doubles was that they ate too much HP. Never really tried it with the gators, though. The foil is the part of the blade that creates the lift, which is where I see the most wear at on our blades (lotsa sand here).

    I can't stress it enough, make sure that your blades stay sharp.
  9. Husky

    Husky LawnSite Member
    Messages: 176

    I think i have HP to spare on a 42" 21horses........I think,,,heck i dunno I've never ran it with anything other than mulch kit with mulching blades,,,, I would like some incite if people have tried this, or know people who have ,and what the best setup is for the best results????

    I HATE FLOPPY GRASS....I think people are starting to use this new word I I win something for that
  10. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,075

    Since you already have the mulching kit try using doubles to create more lift (helps the "floppy" grass get sucked upward so it can be cut) and chopped up finer with the doubles. Give it a try and let us know how it turns out.


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