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What to Look for in a Mulching Lawn Mower



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What to Look For In a Mulching Lawn Mower

Mulching is a great way to keep your lawn fertilized and moist. Mulch is a thin layer of organic debris which breaks down in the soil to provide nutrition to the grass. At the same time it keeps moisture in the soil. An easy way to mulch your lawn is by using a mulching lawn mower. They automatically mulch your lawn as you cut it.

A mulching lawn mower has a special blade that chops the grass into fine pieces before applying it to the soil. The finer the grass is chopped up, the easier it is for the soil to break it down. Finally chopped grass will break down in a matter of a few days, reducing the possibility of thatch build up.

Thatch is a thick layer of grass roots and stems that can literally choke your lawn. It is caused by excess moisture - either watering the lawn too much, or trapping in the moisture. A mulching lawn mower which does not finely chop the grass clippings can lay down a thick layer of mulch which takes up to a week to break down.

Unless the grass clippings are finely chopped, it is not a good idea to mulch your lawn every time you cut it. However, a mulching lawn mower which cuts the grass clippings into very small pieces can be used every time you cut your lawn.

A well-designed mulching lawn mower will give your lawn a clean manicured look. It will also save you from collecting the grass clippings and garden debris. Not only is it a time-consuming chore to rake up grass clippings, many municipalities now prohibit putting garden clippings in the garbage. A mulching lawn mower will save you the expense of calling a special service to pick up your garden debris and you will also save money on fertilizer.

Many mowers on the market today come with a mulching blade. Some models of mulching lawn mower will allow you to choose how the clippings are discharged. They can be collected with a rear or side mounted bag or returned to the soil after mulching. This gives you a great deal of flexibility for various cutting conditions.

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