Mulching… Facts about it.
Back in the spring, I was called to an older gentleman’s house to give an estimate for lawn mowing. As we walked around his property, he was showing me his property boundaries and what he wanted mowed. After a few minutes of talking about his Crape Myrtles and discussing the price of the estimate, he turned to me and said “now your going to bag the clippings right?”
I told him I sure could bag the clippings, then I politely asked why he wanted the clippings bagged? He stood there in silence for a couple of seconds, just long enough for me to think that I may have offended him! Then he said “Well son, I guess I have always had them bagged, why would I change that after all these years?
After I discussed with him the benefits of mulching the yard, which I will also list some below, he changed his mind. Today he is VERY happy with how his lawn looks, and even thanked me personally that I shared the information with him. As I climbed back into my truck after talking to him, it got me thinking! How many lawn mowing customers have no real reason why they insist on bagging their clippings to their lawn care company? I think that number is exceptionally high, and mostly because the customer has “always done it that way”. I believe, if more lawn care companies took the time to explain the benefits of mulching grass clippings to their customers more lawns and landfills would benefit from the practice.
Benefits of mulching
Grass clippings contain about 4 percent nitrogen, 0.5 percent phosphorus 2 percent potassium, plus small amounts of other plant nutrients. As much as 50 percent of nitrogen that is applied when you fertilize is removed when grass clippings are bagged. The University of Missouri has done research that concludes that mulched grass clippings can supply 25 percent of the lawn’s total fertilizer needs.
University of Connecticut found that the nitrogen from grass clippings began showing up in the growing grass within 2 weeks. By the end of the third year of the study, researchers estimated that about one-third of the nitrogen found in grass came from previously recycled clippings. Annually, this could add nearly 2 pounds of nitrogen to each 1,000 square feet of lawn.
Grass clippings are mostly water. As the clippings naturally break down not only does the nutrients return to the soil, but a small amount of the water from the clippings does as well. As anyone who knows about the current state of are natural water supply in our country, every little bit helps!
For more information on mulching grass clippings check out the information on the Don’t Bag It program.
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