As you push your lawn mower back and forth, you probably don’t think much about how to maximize what you’re doing. But adding one crucial element can change all that and you don’t even have to think twice about it.
Mulch Those Grass Clippings Instead of Forgetting About Them
One of the worst things you can do while mowing your lawn is to collect grass clippings in a kit and then bag them for the garbage workers to pick up. This collection of finely sliced pieces of grass belongs best right back on the lawn instead of rotting in a paper bag for several reasons:
And while we did say that mulching grass takes no extra time at all, that’s only if you’ve invested in that one accessory that can keep time on your side: a mulching kit. It’s a little more sophisticated than simply letting grass clippings fly out the side of your lawn mower, so let’s take a look at how you can streamline the whole process.
What A Mulching Kit Does
Mulching kits start under $100 and top out just a little more than that, and they’re super easy and quick to clip onto the lawn mower. Once you’ve got yours in place, all you have to do is focus on your mowing technique.
There are two main methods that work best for mulching grass:
The only time you shouldn’t mulch grass clippings is when they contain a lot of weeds, like dandelions or crabgrass. Under these circumstances, mulching grass clippings can break up the weeds into very fine matter and spread the seeds around so your lawn is covered in them, running the risk that weeds can overtake your grass and choke out the blades. Instead, you’ll want to either pull the weeds out thoroughly, or just gather the grass clippings in a bag and put them out by the curb.