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Mulching 101: A Beginner’s Guide to a Healthier Lawn

Posted by Hurst Farm Supply on Aug 21, 2018 9:00:00 AM
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Mulching 101: A Beginner's Guide to a Healthier Lawn

Mulching. It's a word we've all heard, but what exactly does it mean? As a proud homeowner and dedicated lawn care connoisseur, you work hard to ensure that your lawn receives the best care in the world in the amount of time you're allotted.

This week, the Hurst Farm Supply Team explores a fast, efficient, and organic way to feed your lawn exactly what it needs without breaking the bank OR your back. Fertilizing your lawn just got a whole lot easier.

Mulching Basics

To keep it simple, mulching is a process by which essential nutrients and organic matter are returned to the soil via lawn clippings or fallen leaves. Every tiny bit of plant material is jam-packed with valuable minerals and, when left in place, can play a huge role in building healthy soil organic matter (SOM). While there are different types of synthetic fertilizers on the market, grass and leaf mulch act as the best natural solutions for feeding your lawn what it needs. By simply mowing over leaves and redistributing those clippings, you're allowing the lawn to feed itself. Let the mulch do the work so you don't have to!

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Mulching With a Lawn Mower

Mulch mowing is the quickest and easiest way to repurpose those clippings or leaves, putting them to work feeding your lawn almost immediately. While traditional side-discharge or bag mowers still allow for mulching, using a lawn mower with mulching capabilities gives you the ability to mow and mulch at the same time with the push of a button, saving you time and sweat. By mulch mowing, grass clippings are cut finely enough so that they are harder to spot when redistributed, keeping your lawn healthy AND clean!

Below are a few quick tips to remember when mulching with a lawnmower.

  • Always mow with sharp blades to ensure precise, quality cuts.
  • Mow often! By mowing frequently enough that no more than 1/3 of the plant tissue is removed during cutting, your lawn will have to re-incorporate less plant material per pass.
  • As more leaves fall, make additional mowing passes to better refine the material and help speed up the composting and redistribution process!

Now that you've learned everything you need to know about mulching, you can now go forth and care for your lawn with even more confidence. Give your yard the mulch it needs and let the results speak for themselves! 

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