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Mulching vs. Side Discharge?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by blewis3412, Mar 25, 2007.


Which method do you use?

Poll closed Apr 8, 2007.
  1. Mulch

    14 vote(s)
  2. Side Discharge

    18 vote(s)
  1. blewis3412

    blewis3412 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 43

    Just wondering which method you use during the spring and summer?
  2. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 7,961

    The lands fills don't want it and it recycles the fertilizer.
  3. Pietro

    Pietro LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 855

    We discharge with Gator blades. Mulching doesnt work in Jersey, the lawns are too thick and it just clumps. Worste case, you double cut. Cut the lawn once, then raise the deck and cut the clippings. We use a 60 inch and a 48 inch zero turn at the same time, so double cutting doesnt take too much time. Mulching does NOT work.
  4. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 7,961

    Cool season grass
  5. Pietro

    Pietro LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 855

    Here it doesnt matter if its Spring, summer or fall, the grass is thick as $hit and mulch kits arent worth it. Ive tried everything and find that dischargine is best. We run high lift blades and a gator blade by the discharge side, this method is the best Ive come across so far. Im goin to try double blades on the riders this year, so Well see how that goes.
  6. greengiant9963

    greengiant9963 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 762

    This is what we do also. I have never seen a commercial lawn company ever use mulch kits in my area. Either bag or side discharge.
  7. Frontstreetlawns

    Frontstreetlawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 168

    here we cant get away with side discharge, nobody will hire you. its either bag it or mulch and mulching doesnt work to well when its wet. so its only in summer time here
  8. Meg-Mo

    Meg-Mo Inactive
    Messages: 1,020

    Try the MEG MO blades and those problems are solved
  9. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    I do the same, same deal
  10. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,943

    I share the same comments above regarding heavy, sappy grass clippings -- mulching won't work for me. I side discharge, or bag (selective areas). But, I rarely use Gator blades, rather high-lift blades. When the turf is damp, sappy, the extra cutting of the Gators will make matters worse -- creation of mush, little green wads, etc. The water content is very high in the clippings. The quicker they get out from under the deck, the better. The key to a good outcome is even dispersal of the clippings. The water content may be high, but when they dry out, the result is acceptable. I would much rather have an even distribution of clippings, with long lengths, than to have shorter pieces with rows, clumps or wads.

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