What is the benefit of mulch mowing?
Mulch mowing is the environmentally-friendly alternative that adds valuable organic material to your soil as nature intended. Over time, this improves soil structure, increasing the ability of the soil to hold water, germinate seed, and endure dry spells. Come to one of the mulching demonstrations that the City will host this fall or visit Love 'Em and Leave 'Em, to view instructional videos, information on equipment, benefits and techniques for effective mulch mowing.
Do I need special equipment to mulch-mow my lawn? Where can I get that equipment? Many late model mowers (late 1990s and newer) came equipped with mulching blades and switching from bagging to mulching is as easy as removing the bag and inserting a baffle. Older models may need the blade replaced. Home improvement stores, some garden centers and hardware stores.
How often should I mulch mow? Can wet leaves be mulched?
Mulch mowing works for grass and leaves. For leaves, weekly mowings are recommended during the heavy fall drop. As with regular mowing, mulch mowing is best done in dry weather when leaves are dry or at most damp. If leaves are too wet and heavy they will not mulch well. If necessary, fluff the leaves with a rake or blower before mulch mowing.
Will landscapers and gardeners mulch, and will they charge more for mulching?
Every property is different in terms of the quantity and types of leaves. Pricing for mulch mowing services cannot be generalized but some residents have seen no increase in their annual services. Discuss with your landscaper or gardener the most cost-effective strategy for managing fall leaves on your property, which may include other options like bagging and transporting. Any mulch mowing that can be done effectively is good for your soil and a healthy, natural way to care for your property.
Again, if your landscaper or gardener is not skilled at mulch mowing techniques, encourage them to attend the free mulching the City will offer this fall.