"When to bag?"&"When to mulch?"

Vibe Ray

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Slidell, LA
I've read in the past that you guys like to bag sometimes and mulch sometimes. When do you bag and When do you mulch? And why?
 

Jusmowin

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Va Beach,Va
Where I live I bag in the spring and fall and mulch in the summer. The reason I do this is the grass is too heavy or has leaves in it and doesnt look good after I try to mulch it. But around summer time I mulch to add nutrience to the yard soit doesnt get burned out or dry.Just my 2 cents
 

bob

LawnSite Platinum Member
Location
DE
Bagging - leaves only (with a place to dump)
Mulching- never
 

John DiMartino

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
Walden,NY
Bag,first few cuts of the season,during cleanups,and the last month or so during clean ups.Discharge the rest of the yr,mulching only works good if the grass is dry and not to tall,I just discharge the rest of the time with double blades.
 

kutnkru

LawnSite Silver Member
We remove the clippings from the turf areas from April thru the end of May in the springtime. Usually the clippings are wet from the rain season and it is faster to bag then to try to disperse without wind-rows or clumping.

In the fall during November we remove the clippings once again. At this time we are charging extra for Fall Clean-Ups and bagging keeps the lawns looking neat.

Removal of clippings is done in an effort to keep the properties with a meticulous, manicured look only when NECESSARY. By not bagging the lawns we are able to promote a healthier turf environment for our customers, thus greatly reducing the need for chemicals and pesticides.

During those times when we are not bagging the amount of fertilizer used is almost reduced in half depending on the time of year. We reduce fertilizer applications because of the nitrogen content from the break down of the clippings.

Hope this answers your qusetions.
Kris
 

kutnkru

LawnSite Silver Member
We remove the clippings from the turf areas from April thru the end of May in the springtime. Usually the clippings are wet from the rain season and it is faster to bag then to try to disperse without wind-rows or clumping.

In the fall during November we remove the clippings once again. At this time we are charging extra for Fall Clean-Ups and bagging keeps the lawns looking neat.

Removal of clippings is done in an effort to keep the properties with a meticulous, manicured look only when NECESSARY. By not bagging the lawns we are able to promote a healthier turf environment for our customers, thus greatly reducing the need for chemicals and pesticides.

During those times when we are not bagging the amount of fertilizer used is almost reduced in half depending on the time of year. We reduce fertilizer applications because of the nitrogen content from the break down of the clippings.

Hope this answers your questions.
Kris
 

Jerrys Lawn Service

LawnSite Member
Just like John said, cutting with double blades cuts everything up real fine, most of the time there is no need to bag unless you are in a confined space,like around landscape gardens.

Good Luck!
jerryslawnservice@home.com
 

Eric ELM

Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
Location
Chicago, IL USA
Bag: Never
Mulch: Spring and fall to chop up leaves
Double Blades: All season
An open OCDC 99% of the time for the rest of the season
 

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