When you mow your lawn, do you know what you are supposed to do with all of those fresh grass clippings?
The truth is that as long as you aren’t removing too much grass when you mow (no more than one-third of its overall length), there are three simple methods you can use to dispose of your grass clippings.
Of course, each one of these grass care methods has its own pros and cons. Let’s take a look at them so that you can choose the best option for your lawn!
1. Mulch Your Grass Clippings
One of the easiest and most effective ways to handle grass clippings is to mulch them in real-time.
It’s worth noting that not all lawn mowers are equipped with mulching blades or closed mower decks, however, so you will first need to confirm that your mower is capable of mulching.
What are the benefits of mulching?
To start, this method requires very little work, as you don’t need to worry about picking up clippings as you go. It also allows you mulch leaves along with your grass to create an even spread of mulch across your yard. Additionally, the closed deck of a mulching lawn mower prevents rocks and objects from being kicked around your lawn and potentially causing damage.
With that said, there are certain circumstances in which mulching isn’t ideal — such as when your grass is wet or overgrown, for example.
2. Bag Your Grass Clippings
Another common way to collect grass clippings is to bag them. Of course, you will need a compatible bagging attachment for your mower to achieve this.
One major benefit of bagging your grass clippings is that you won’t have to worry about having an untidy lawn! Bagging can also help you dispose of weeds properly, as opposed to scattering them around your lawn. What’s more, you can mow and bag even when your grass is a little damp.
Unfortunately, there are also a few drawbacks to this method. For one, your lawn won’t benefit from the nutrients that grass clippings can provide and return to the soil. You’ll also need to take a break from mowing whenever your bagging attachment fills up.
If you choose to bag your grass clippings, just be sure to compost them!
3. Throw Your Grass Clippings
A third option is to use a side discharge attachment that throws your grass clippings to the side as you mow.
The most obvious advantage of using a side attachment is that you’ll be able to enjoy non-stop mowing!
If you use a side discharge attachment, however, be sure to mow frequently and in fair conditions. Cutting overgrown or wet grass can produce large clumps of grass that result in brown spots and dead patches.
What’s more, this method can be a little messy at times if you’re not careful, causing your mower to launch grass clippings (as well as sticks, rocks, and other objects) at your driveway, vehicle, or your home.