Mulching Lawn Mower vs. a Regular Mowers
Those lovely, lush green lawns are a sign of good care and maintenance as well as detailed knowledge of the specific type of soil and amount of moisture and sun and/or shade is needed. Climate plays a large role in how often a lawn needs to be mowed.
With the right ratio of climate to soil and water, it is possible to determine actual lawn growth and frequency of mowing. The question is, “Which is better for your lawn, a mulching mower or a regular mower?”
Lawn care requires various types of lawn equipment such as:
. A mower
. Roto tiller
. Leaf rake
. Cavex thatching rake
Mowers are sold in several types:
. Push mowers that are either manual or those that rely on electric or gasoline for fuel
. Self-propelled mowers that do not require pushing and also rely on electric or gas. These are sold as single units or as riding mowers. Note that mowers are manufactured for residential, commercial and industrial size lawns.
What is the Difference Between a Mulching Lawn Mower and Regular Mower?
Whenever a lawn is mowed over a growing season, it can begin to suffer from lack of oxygen to the roots. This is caused by grass clippings that have collected beneath the top most layer of the lawn.
A regular mower clips grass at different levels and is most often the cause of grass clippings that collect and draw off much needed oxygen.
The first sign of this loss of oxygen is a lawn that changes color from vibrant green to dull green to brown due to drying at the roots. A regular lawn mower drops grass clippings that becomes matted near the roots which then do not get sufficient water or moisture for proper growth.
A mulching mower, on the other hand, cuts and chews blades of grass into a fine mulch that is actually beneficial to the condition of the lawn.
Differences Between Regular Mower Blades and Mulching Mower Blades
The other important factor to know about the difference in regular mowers and mulching mowers is their blades.
A regular mower’s blades are generally straight-aligned for cutting purposes. Whereas, a mulching mower’s blades are curved so it can cut grass more finely into mulch.
Avoid Back Breaking Raking
Although there may still be a need for a rake to remove leaves and debris from around shrubs and trees, it is far less physically taxing to use a mulching mower than to take on the back breaking task of raking which for large lawns can take several hours.
Benefits of a Mulching Lawn Mower vs. a Regular Mower
There are several additional benefits of a mulching mower for lawn management. These include:
. No need for disposal of grass clippings
. Less cost for fertilizer
. Falling autumn leaves can be mulched with a mulching mower
. Use mulched leaves for fertilizer
By relying on a mulching mower, lawn management takes less time and the cost for lawn care is significantly reduced.
There are also several environmental benefits to choosing a mulching mower over a regular mower.
Mulched leaves can be recycled for use as protective mulch around the bases of shrubs and flowers to enrich soil naturally. Also, by attaching a bag to a mulching mower and collecting leaves for reuse on flower beds, your blooms are enriched with nitrogen and can withstand colder temperatures and frost and snow when they are buried beneath a warm blanket of mulched leaves.
Mulched leaves are also beneficial for vegetable gardens. Add mulched leaves and a bit of lime or recycled wood fireplace ashes to soil after the last frost. Turn the soil over and by the time planting season begins, the soil will be rich enough for planting most any type of vegetables.