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whats your opinion?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawnwizards, Apr 26, 2006.

  1. lawnwizards

    lawnwizards LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,439

    got a call from a very good customer saying that her mulch guy said we need to shoot the grass away from the mulch because it causes weeds to grow in the mulch. any truth to his statement? thanks.

  2. JTF40

    JTF40 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 875

    Weeds will eventually grow in mulch regardless of clippings or not.

    Maybe the customer needs to verify the "mulch guy" put down a weed barrier like he is supposed to.:usflag:
  3. NEPSJay

    NEPSJay LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 492

    Its reason enough to shoot the grass away from the mulch because IT LOOKS BETTER.
  4. SOMM

    SOMM LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 425

    Sounds like mulch guy didn't use pre-emergent granules on top of the mulch. Most customers don't like clippings in their mulch beds, we've found. Sell the customer on installing daylillies, liriope or some ivy groundcover in the mulch beds so they never need mulch again, once these hardy perennials take root.

    Shoot your clippings anywhere that works, that's what a good blower is for - to clean it all up after the mow and trim. Wet clippings of longer lengths are harder to get out of the beds without a rake, so that may be worth considering where you shoot clippings.

    It's gotta be like 4+ inches of a hardy warm season grass clippings to take root in mulch that stays constantly soaked, for it to be a concern. Most mulch beds get invaded by grasses from roots taking hold because no dug edge or edging was installed first, and the mulch was just dumped into place.
  5. HighGrass

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

    I suppose one could debate that the grass, over time, could compost and along with the mulch, support some weed growth. I always try and bow out the beds as much as possible.
  6. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    I would say there could be grass and weed seeds in the cut grass that could very well do that.Why would you mess up somebodies nice mulch job by blowing grass all over it anyway.When you blow it out..some of the mulch will be blown out too.
  7. LawnGuy73

    LawnGuy73 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,946

    Why would you be shooting the gras into the mulch beds in the first place? :rolleyes: :confused:
  8. lawnwizards

    lawnwizards LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,439

    sometimes you can't help it when they have well over 100 yards of it down.. its not like i'm trying to spray grass in it. i'm just asking if weeds grow from grass clippings.
  9. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    the answer is "yes'
  10. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    Yes the answer is YES!

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