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Watering your lawn and mowing it are just two of the steps you need in order to make sure it’s green and healthy. But like the hair on the top of your head, there’s more involved than just shampooing and trimming it. You need to devote a bit of time into bringing your lawn to its full potential, and if you take the steps now, it’ll be a lot easier than later in the season.


Benefits of Mulching Your Lawn

Think of how you go about your day: you don’t just wake up, go to work, and then fall asleep again at the end of it, do you? Probably not. Instead, you take a shower so you feel good and smell clean, and eat a few meals so your body has enough energy to keep on ticking.

Your lawn is the same way in that it needs maintenance and nutrition. Mulching helps put back into the earth what others may consider lawn waste, and can save up to 25% of your fertilizing costs. Still not convinced? Mulching, when done properly, can help cut down on the weeds in your lawn because it cuts off one of most valuable resources they need: sunlight. A good layer of mulch keeps weeds shaded, preventing them from being able to suck the nutrients out of your lawn.

Mulching also acts as an air-conditioning blanket for your lawn by keeping the soil cool and shaded. You don’t need to be a scientist to know that the more sun exposed soil has, the more it can dry out. And the more it dries out, the less moisture there is for your grass to grow strong and healthy. By creating this barrier with mulch, you don’t have to worry about your lawn getting dried out or going out there constantly to water the grass.



How to Mulch Effectively

This isn’t a hard or complicated process at all, and just involves the following steps:

  • 1. Don’t rake the leaves, but keep them on the lawn for your lawn mower to break up and spread around. This also mixes them with grass clippings for added benefit.
  • 2. Use a lawn mower that mulches, side discharges, or comes with a bag that allows you to evenly spread out the clippings on the lawn. We particularly like side discharge lawn mowers because it spits the grass clippings out, letting you run over them again with the lawn mower to break it up into small little clumps that won’t sit heavily on the lawn.
  • 3. Use an alternating stripe pattern when you mow to get at all the clippings. Alternatively, you can mow in concentric circles to achieve the same effect, but this takes a bit more skill in making sure the overall aesthetic is even.
  • 4. Make sure you know what different methods and settings will do: the mulch setting on your lawn mower works well for grass that’s dry or moist but not wet, while a bag is for the opposite and side discharge for grass that’s in the middle.
  • While it’s best to mulch your lawn in the fall, it never hurts to do it any time of year that you mow your lawn. Maintenance isn’t something you can do in one day, but rather have to work at it a little bit so your lawn is always lush, green and healthy.

    You’ve read up on awesome mulching techniques, so now it’s time to make sure you’ve got one of our awesome lawn mowers to do the job. You can take a look at our selection here to find the one that’s best for you, and enjoy two great benefits: no tax on anything (except in Minnesota), and free shipping to the lower 48 states.

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