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Mowing versus Mulching the lawn???


 
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 12:30 pm    Post subject: Mowing versus Mulching the lawn??? Reply with quote

I have 3 lawn areas;

Lawn 1: small area about 18mx18m - used as a family garden.

Lawn 2: 18mx4m - used for nothing but looking green

Lawn 3: 50m x 20m front of the house on a slope beside my drive. Wont be used so all that is needed is that it look tidy and it's green.

Currently I have a standard lawnmower which collects the cuttings which is fine for lawn 1. I'm now in the process of planting lawn 2 and lawn 3 so will require a ride on so my life isn't wasted cutting grass.

Having read several posts on here about lawn care and cutting I'm unsure if I'd be better buying a mulcher ride on or a collector. Both have loads of plus and minus but from a fertilizing standpoint if i mulch it will never need fed and for the size of lawn i will have when all 3 are done they could save me a lot of money potentially.

I'd appreciate any advice anyone can offer.

Thanks
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm no expert, but I would advise getting a mulcher when you have as much grass as you have. If for any reason, you wanted to collect grass clippings....say for your compost heap....you can still adjust the mower to do that, so you have both options.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If your buying a mulching machine buy the best money can afford otherwise they are a waste of time, Mulching machines also clog if the grass is too long, mulching also contributes to a build up of thatch, you need to cut twice per week for it to be effective so thats a lot of time grass cutting otherwise cut once every 10 days and compost it but again but a good mower having used all makes Kobota are by far the best machines around and I dont get paid for promoting them the rest I would,nt bother looking at,
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for the feedback, the last thing I want to do is give myself more cutting so I'll go for a mower which collects. Thanks
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