Is this what mulching is all about?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Roman27, Sep 8, 2006.

  1. Roman27

    Roman27 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 29

    I have a Simplicity Citation ZT with a 48" deck. After getting tired of the side discharge blowing grass in my face, in my mulched areas, or making stripes of hay on the lawn surface; I decided to look into buying a mulch kit. I went to the dealer, who called the manufacturer, who sent me a kit for Ferris mower for $170 that contained 3 pieces of metal: 2 baffles and a side discharge block plate. There were no blades included in the kit.

    Attached are 3 pictures showing you what it looks like on my first mowing:

    IMG_3581 shows my driveway. I was mowing across the driveway to complete the striping pattern on the other side. My wife and I swept up the driveway afterwards. It filled our 40 gallon trashcan about halfway. :-(

    IMG_3582 shows some nice stripes, but there are also strips of uncut grass. It's kind of hard to see it properly in the picture, but you can see the uncut grass in the left 2/3rd of the dark stripe. :-(

    IMG_3583 shows a little closer up picture of the stuff on the driveway. It is actually mulching the grass. The mower never cut that finely when using the side-discharge. The grass pieces are mostly 1/2" and under. So, that's a good sign. :)

    Is this what mulching is all about?

    I will admit that the grass was a little long. It took me a while to put on the mulch kit, so the lawn was put on hold for a little while. Unfortunately, it did not obey my command to pause during that period of time. But, I did cut it at 4" on Monday. The pictures were taken on Thursday and the deck was at 3". So, there couldn't have been more than 1.25" to 1.5" of grass.

    Any suggestions?

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  2. fulano

    fulano LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    I mulch the yards I cut and I only cut bi-weekly. My grass looks nothing like that when cut unless I'm cutting off about 1/3 or more the length or try going too fast. I really like the cut and clean up with the mulch kit. My competitors all use exmark and they side discharge. Their lawns look bad with all the leaves thrown everywhere while my yards have none.
    I have emark 36" tthp trivantage deck and 52" tt ultra deck with mulch kits.
  3. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    Slow down when you come to the driveway and cut two to three times a week.
  4. Roman27

    Roman27 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 29


    It takes me about an hour and a half to cut and trim now. Slowing down and doing it 2 to 3 times per week... Uhg... I'm gonna have to invest in a sulky just to spend time with my family!
  5. DJ Contracting

    DJ Contracting LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 487

    Thats what happens when it (grass) gets to long and wet. I bought mulch kits for my mowers and they only stayed on for two weeks, they'll go back on in the fall well at least one mower will have it install while the other picks up. I spent 253.00 on a Gravely grass catcher and am very pleased with it.
  6. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    Just side discharge when the grass is not as high.
  7. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    Gamba sighting!
  8. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,561

    What is the problem except the fact you ran the mower up over the drive and all the clippings drop out. If you don't drive up on the drive all that stuff would disappear in the lawn. We mulch 100% with plate over exit and no problem. Just raise the deck when it is high, most grasses have a limit on how high they will grow....unless it is different up north?
  9. rocksrscott

    rocksrscott LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    Quote "sent me a kit for Ferris mower for $170 that contained 3 pieces of metal: 2 baffles and a side discharge block plate. There were no blades included in the kit. "
    Did you get any mulch blades for it? Next trip if you don't have one already look at their blower's for your driveway.

    Good Luck
  10. TAZ

    TAZ LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 344

    you're going to get that dumping of the deck when you go over the driveway. You can a) stay in the lawn and avoid going over the driveway or b) like stated above get a blower and blow that crap back in the yard. My muclhing doesn't look like that though. Lie the others I cut it high 3 1/2" and try to avoid too wet of condtions.


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