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To Catch or to Mulch

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

One of the heaviest burdens on the mind of any homeowner is whether to catch the grass clippings or mulch them back into the lawn. Here is a comparison of catching and mulching in an effort to help you make up your mind.
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Should you catch it? Or should you mulch it? Catch it? Or mulch it? Catch? Mulch? What is a lawn aficionado supposed to do? If this argument is going on in your mind every time you crank up the lawn mower, then you should sit down and figure out the right plan for your lawn. And that's what it comes down to. Catching or mulching your grass clippings depends entirely on your particular lawn.
  • The Tools. If you are considering mulching your grass clippings, the first thing you will need is a mulching mower. If you don't have one, it looks like your catch or mulch argument will be ending right here.
  • Much Effort. Catching your lawn clippings can be quite a chore. You have to stop, empty the bag, and return it to its slot. With a mulch plan, you simply drive over your lawn once and the grass clippings fall delicately behind.
  • Clumps and Clumps. A word of warning. If you don't cut your lawn regularly, then mulching incredibly high grass will cause large clumps of clippings that can litter your lawn and cause the grass to die.
  • Fertilizer. Of course, the main reason that you mulch your lawn is so that the grass clippings will make an enriching fertilizer for your lawn. But if you are already spreading a brand fertilizer, mulching may reduce its effectiveness.
  • Yard Area. If you have a huge yard, catching your grass clippings might not be practical. In this case, a riding mower with mulching capabilities is the answer you are looking for.

I hope this checklist helps you to determine whether you will catch or mulch your grass clippings on your next lawn mowing.

About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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