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Did I waste my money on a mulch kit?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by NelsonLandworks, Jan 24, 2005.

  1. NelsonLandworks

    NelsonLandworks LawnSite Member
    Messages: 131

    I'm new-so many of you may pick that up right away on this one.

    I picked up a mulching kit for our 44" snapper zero turn in hopes that we wouldn't have to bag. I hate the look of side discharge (on some of our lawns it really shows and looks s****).

    but I can't use the mulching kit because we have a lot of dew in our area in the summer mornings and the deck clogs right up, creating more of a problem then its worth.

    also-quick question about mulching-does it create thatch that needs to be cleaned up yearly like side discharge?

    thanks for all the help guys-

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,138

    You will have a lot of thatch try raising your deck in the spring
  3. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,758

    I have used my mulching kit for 2 plus years now and it works great. On wet summer mornings I spray the underside of the deck with pam cooking spray to keep grass from sticking under deck and if I go slow it mulches great with very little clogging. Sometime I may have to make another pass if the grass was real thick to make it look good. Another thing I try to do is the lawns that are real thick,wet, and lush is wait until about 10 AM or so to give the dew time to dry. Anything but %$% bagging! I have never had a problem with thatch. I have one healthy yard of St. Aug. that the owner pours the fertilizer to and in over 2 years of mulching still looks fantastic with no excessive thatch build up.
  4. NelsonLandworks

    NelsonLandworks LawnSite Member
    Messages: 131

    I"ll give the pam a shot, I used to spray it on my ATV before a race to keep mud off, the stuff works great.

    thanks for the info guys
  5. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,938

    Nelson ...

    For me, I DID waste my money on a mulching kit (Exmark 36" w/b, Viking). Your concern is exactly why my mulching kit is laying in a corner -- too many wet mornings, as well as other times with wet grass. The time to mount/dismount is about 20 minutes each, so I couldn't afford the time.

    No, I don't wait until dew comes off -- that might not come until nearly noon. When needed, bag the clippings and get on with the work of the day!

    I know for many, mulching kits work fine, but for me - bite the bullet where necessary, bag and keep truckin' to the next job.
  6. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
    from La.
    Messages: 1,878

    Bag Hell! My 36" TTHP has had the mulch kit on from day one. You can pry it from my cold dead hands. I haven't bagged a yard in 3 years or so. Don't plan on it either. A little dew certainly isn't going to make me start baggin. lol
  7. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
    Messages: 6,073

    Ya we are the same as Roger. We don't mulch here cause in the mornings we would have a green slimy mess everywhere! We do have the mulch kit on in the fall for leaves though.
  8. Carolina Cutter

    Carolina Cutter LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Wanna sell it? Talk to me my boy.....of course...you are going to take a loss on it though. Let me know something.....
  9. KathysLGC

    KathysLGC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,345

    Who said clippings cause thatch?
  10. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 5,900

    Most guys who mow cool season grass have more trouble mulching wet grass, but some of us get by anyway.

    I do not know what blade Snapper uses with it's mulch kit , but you might have better luck with a Exmark mulch blade, or at least that style of blade if you can find one to fit your deck. The lower lift and downforce seems to improve things.

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