Side Discharge or Mulch

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by joed, Aug 23, 2001.


Do you side discharge or mulch when cutting?

  1. Mulch

    13 vote(s)
  2. Side Discharge

    37 vote(s)
  3. Bag

    2 vote(s)
  1. joed

    joed LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,196

    How many of you side discharge or mulch when cutting? Does side discharging leave a mess?
  2. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,662

    We side discharge most of our lawns.

    By leaving the clippings nutrients are recycled and development of broadleaf weeds reduced.

    Obviously if you dont pay attention to how far your units will discharge this can be a problem with debris getting into the beds and such.

  3. casey

    casey Guest
    Messages: 0

    Try adding "bag" to the poll. We side discharge when turf is long & mulch in the summer.
  4. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,662

    Casey - just for the record according to "Industry Experts", thats backwards.

    We are supposed to be dispersing the clippings during the heaviest times for growth, this way the lawns bilogical activity will breakdown the plant tissue and get the water and other valuable nutrients into the root zone where its most beneficial.

    When the Summers heat/drought conditions come about, we are suppose to bag the clippings because with the turf in a state of dormancy their is less activity to breakdown the tissue, thus these clippings will lye on top of the soil layers adding to the thatch layer.

    Just what they say.
  5. casey

    casey Guest
    Messages: 0

    Not exactly backwards. I said side discharging in the spring. Bagging in the summer? Do you actually do that? Clippings add moisture in the summer during drought.
  6. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,662

    This season we have, and we are only down two cuttings for the year. There are some who have not cut in over 4 weeks because they cut too short to begin with.

    We have been cutting at 3.5" since May, and only skipped one week this spring due to rain and last week because we were landscaping. :)

  7. accentlc

    accentlc LawnSite Member
    from Utah
    Messages: 22

    My experience is that a good enclosed blade chamber mulching looks better than side discharge, unless the grass has not grown much. We mulch probably 95% of the time.
  8. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
    Messages: 6,073

    We side discharge 90% of the time.

    We have a mulching kit for one of our eXmarks, but Matt hasn't put it on yet. He said he will for the fall.

    The only bagging or mulching we do is with a 21 on postage stamp accounts or around delicate areas or flower beds if we must.
  9. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,555

    Side disharging is the only way to cut big yards fast,especially when its thick and tall,mulching is great unless you have tall ,wet grass.Every mulching mower ive seen is plugged up more than its not.
  10. fivestarlawnken

    fivestarlawnken LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    If I need to put the cage on i do, usually I dont need to though.I run mulching blades on my mower and it seems to really help. I'am thinking about getting a mulch kit for under the deck, still thinking.

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