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Is it bad to side discharge ?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cochino12, Jul 7, 2005.

  1. cochino12

    cochino12 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    Just wondering what the negative effects may have on the lawn. Not discharging 2" clippings or anything but small amounts, is it bad? I searched but I cant seem to find any info. Thanks
  2. ChadA

    ChadA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 521

    It's actually good for the yard. As long as the clippings are to long. They break down very fast.
  3. HighGrass

    HighGrass LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Z5 MA
    Messages: 1,237

    As of today, I have about 38 accounts. All of these yards are mowed every 7 days and all of them are side discharged. If you "manage" your height, you can successfully side discharge and by doing so, you add valuable notrogen back where in t belongs, in the lawn.

    I run a Exmark all season long without a bagger. If there is heavy grass then rarely I have to double mow.
  4. cochino12

    cochino12 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    Good to hear, I double cut if the clippings are too long also. It's been pretty hot and not much rain and I wanted to make sure discharging wouldnt stress the grass any more. Thanks again.
  5. Mancinioldhorse

    Mancinioldhorse LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    we have to bag it....90% of us do anyway.....It just looks so much better and In oregon and Washington with fescue, ryegrass and with the ground moisture, baggin it is just the best way.
  6. GLC51

    GLC51 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    All my lawns are side discharge or I put a chute blocker on for a semi mulch. I don't bag anything if they want it bagged they can get someone else. Leaving the clippings on the lawn they will break down and provide 20% of the nitrogen to feed the lawn.
  7. Dashunde

    Dashunde LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 638

    I've found mulching to be the best of all worlds.

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