How do I mulch?

Grass mulching is a specific mowing technique in which the cut grass is finely shredded into small particles. These small particles are then blown back over the lawn and evenly distributed between the grass. The term 'mulch' literally means 'soil cover': the soil is covered with organic material. This is different from traditional mowing, where the grass is collected and removed. In lawn maintenance, the term circular lawn management is therefore more appropriate than mulching.

Step 1: Make sure you have the right grass seed mixture

Mulching only works optimally with grass plants that grow slowly and have a low growth point. This results in small grass clippings that easily sink into the sward and are quickly converted by active soil life into natural fertiliser for the grass plants. Problems such as suffocation and mould formation can easily arise with excessively fast growing grass plants. Having a low growth point of the grass plants also has important advantages: the grass plants recover faster from a mowing session, so that weeds and mosses have less opportunity to settle in the grass. Mow Saver is designed for mulching and ensures optimal circular grass management while maintaining a healthy and closed sward!

 

Step 2: Make sure you have the right lawnmower

In order to mulch, you need a mulching mower, robotic lawnmower or a lawnmower with a mulching function. The mulching cutting deck has no discharge opening. The clippings continue to circle in the mower deck. The lawn mower's specially shaped blade ensures that the grass is then finely chopped. When the grass cuttings are fine enough, they are spread out on the lawn.

Robotic mowers are, in fact, mulching mowers. By mowing regularly, they ensure that the grass clippings are small and easily disappear into the sward. You can even extend the life of your robotic lawnmower by choosing a Mow Saver lawn, because a robotic lawnmower experiences less mowing resistance with slower growing grass.

Step 3: Check the status of the grass

Is your grass wet? Wait until the grass is dry. You cannot mulch wet grass as it will clump together, making it more difficult to shred.

If you have started with the wrong sward and your grass is very tall, you should collect and dispose of your grass first. If the grass is too high, the soil will be covered with an excessive amount of mulch, causing the grass to suffocate and/or grass mould to affect the sward.

Does your lawn have a healthy soil life and do you only use organic fertilisers? Then you are ready to mulch your grass!

 

Step 4: Mulch your grass

Remove about one-third of the grass length during mulching. In this way, you ensure a healthy lawn that can recover from mowing. If you mow the grass too short, it will take too long for the grass plant to recover and weeds and moss will have a chance to settle in the sward. By choosing grass plants with a low growth point, you reduce the risk of damage!

Mow your grass at a moderate speed, to allow the grass to circulate and be finely shredded.

Alternate the cutting direction. In this way, the grass is cut better and the mulch is better distributed on the soil. Moreover, no spores are formed in the soil that may cause the soil to become too compact and prevent grass from growing.

Step 5: Repeat

With a 'normal' grass seed mixture, mulch your lawn in the growing season when the grass is growing fast once a week (April, September, October) to twice a week (May, June, July, August)! If you use Mow Saver, the grass will grow less quickly and you will probably only need to mulch once a week or every two weeks!

A robot mower can mow daily and always mows a small section of the lawn. Because this mulch is very small, it falls neatly between the blades of grass and you cannot see it lying on the lawn.

 

Additional tips

Use organic fertilisers to keep soil life active and to avoid spikes in grass growth. Organic fertilisers are released gradually over several months and stimulate the soil life to convert grass residues into useful nutrition for grass plants. Salts from traditional fertilisers can negatively affect the functioning of soil life. Check the acidity of the soil by performing a soil analysis. Determine whether it is necessary to add lime. Lime can counteract the effect of acidosis, which occurs when grass is digested. A good soil analysis can also reveal deficiencies in other nutrients.

Benefits of grass mulching

Mulching has many different benefits, provided you use the right grass mixture. First of all, you won't need to use as much fertiliser, which is better for the environment. In addition, you can save a lot of time with mulching because you mow and fertilise your lawn at the same time. Mulching also makes your lawn more resistant to heat and drought. Research has also shown it improves the condition of your lawn.

 

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The perfect grass for mulching

Please note that mulching grass is not always possible. If the grass is wet or too high, you cannot mulch your lawn. Excessively large grass clippings lead to suffocation and mould, which in turn make the sward less healthy. But with the right grass, the latter is not a problem: Mow Saver has been specially developed and is the perfect solution for mulching and robotic mowers. Mow Saver grass plants establish quickly, have a low growth point and, as a result, low biomass production. This reduces the need for mowing and makes Mow Saver ideally suited for mulching. You are much less likely to leave mowing too late. In addition, you don't need to use as much fertiliser because Mow Saver plants can get by with less nutrition. Most importantly, Mow Saver produces a beautiful sward to look at: very strong and graceful!

 

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