to mulch or not to mulch

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by buysell, May 1, 2010.

  1. buysell

    buysell LawnSite Member
    from nj
    Messages: 111

    if i have this horrible anual rygrass coming up....should i mulch while mowing or bag it all.....if i mulch will i be spreading it? and weeds also?

    thank you in advance
  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Good question.

    I'm going to venture and say that you have perennial rye grass in your lawn and not annual. I see it occasionally around here and what usually is the case is that who-ever seeded it in, seeded it way too heavy. Ultimately it becomes hard to keep up on your lawn in the spring as it is thriving at that point. When over-seeding your lawn too, always check the seed content and steer away from any blends with rye-grass in it.

    So, if it is perennial, then you have no defense over what is already established and mulching won't make a difference.

    The way I look at mulching and weeds is that there is only a minor percentage of weed seed in your yard to begin with. Most weeds will come from seeds that have traveled in from the surrounding area. Such as the case with dandelions, or mulberry trees from bird droppings.

    So, I would just keep mulching, and when you get fed up with the rye-grass, kill your lawn off and start over.
  3. buysell

    buysell LawnSite Member
    from nj
    Messages: 111

    but which rygrass is bad?...i have "integra?" rye and it appears to be nice,,,this is Kermit:confused: green and grows faster the the other grass?

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