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Do I need a mulching plug?

Do I need a mulching plug?

A “mulch plug” is necessary to mulch the grass clippings during mowing. The plug is used to close the discharge opening in the mowing deck and recycle the lawn clippings back into the blade area for repeated cutting and eventually deposited into the lawn as fine mulch.

Are mulching plugs any good?

A conventional mower with a mulch plug fitted (available for most mowers) is not usually a good mulch mower. At Eco Garden Maintenance we have tried fitting mulch plugs to some very expensive professional lawn mowers and the results have been ok but no way near as good as a properly designed mulch mower.

What does a mulching lawn mower do?

In the case of mulching lawn mowers, the mulch consists of grass clippings from the mowed turfgrass. The clippings are cut into fine pieces that fall easily to the soil surface. There, they can be rapidly broken down by soil microorganisms, which release nutrients from the mulched plant material back into the soil.

Is it bad to leave grass clippings on lawn?

Uses for Grass Clippings Note: Grass clippings are good for your lawn as they will offer healthy nutrients to your lawn’s soil, and it is still fine to leave them behind after mowing. Longer grass can invite lawn pests, which often hide in shady areas of your yard.

Do mulching mowers really work?

While mulching mowers worked fine for contractors in dry, slow-growing grass conditions, others complained of clumping grass and an unattractive appearance, wasted time spent cleaning out sticky grass from mulching mower decks and how using a mulching mower once each week couldn’t keep up with spring’s rapidly growing …

Is mulching better than side discharge?

No. Both side-discharge and mulching mowers leave grass blades behind. However, a mulching blade chops up clippings into finer pieces so they decompose faster and don’t clump as quickly. Using a side-discharge mower you may need to do your own mulching by running over your grass piles multiple times.

What are the disadvantages of mulching?

Disadvantages of Mulching

  • Overmulching can bury and suffocate plants.
  • Mulch provides a convenient hiding place for pests.
  • Bake your plants with excess heat if don incorrectly.

Is mulching mower good for lawn?

Mulching grass clippings provides more nutrients for your soil. As they break down, the clippings will release nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus. Don’t wait too long before mowing a lawn; mow frequently and consistently so clippings do not turn into thatch.

Is it better to mulch or side discharge?

If you’re mowing large, open areas, where you can direct cut grass back onto your lawn as fertilizer, side discharge is the best choice for lawn health. Mulching mowers are more specialized and typically work more slowly and yield less pristine cuts than side discharge.

How does a mulch plug work on a lawn mower?

Mulch Plug Mulching lawnmowers are fitted with a different blade from normal mowers. This blade creates an airflow that enables the cutting and re-cutting of the clippings until they are shredded and miniscule.

What makes a mulching blade different from a lawn mower?

Mulching blades feature more curves and an increased cutting edge. The curved surface and increased cutting edge allows the blade to cut the grass and bring it into the deck where it is cut several more times before falling back onto the lawn in much smaller pieces.

What happens when you put mulch on your lawn?

A mulching mower will be put under even more stress as it tries to chop up clumps of wet grass into tiny pieces. And mulching wet grass doesn’t work anyway. It just sticks and clumps together which blocks the mulching plug. If it does find its way onto the lawn, the clumps smother the grass and you’ll need to clear it up.

Can you use grass clippings in a mulching mower?

The grass clippings left behind by a mulching mower essentially function as a lawn fertilizer, as if you were applying compost to the lawn. For this reason, it makes more sense for most urban and suburban homeowners to use a mulching mower, rather than bagging their grass clippings and dumping them in the compost pile.