Mulching means grass cuttings are left lying on the lawn. It's important that the volume of cuttings is not too great and for the cuttings to be finely chopped and evenly distributed. The nitrogen in the cuttings is quickly mineralized and is a truly natural fertiliser to plants. And tests have proven that repeated mulching works!
A healthy lawn will produce about 1.5-2.0 kg of cuttings per year, so a 1,000 sq. m lawn will produce 1.5-2.0 tonnes! Disposal of cuttings as garden waste or by composting is not always possible, which in itself accounts for the growing popularity of mulching.
- The lawn should be mown slightly more often with the mulching system. But remember, mowing will take less time as you don't have to keep emptying the grass box.
- Use a STIHL lawn mower. It chops up the grass cuttings extremely finely and distributes them evenly without any clumps.
- Shorten the grass by about one-third at each mowing, less in dry weather.
- It's best to mow when the grass is dry. If the grass is wet, mow a bit more slowly and cut less off, to avoid clumps.
- Always work at maximum engine speed (full throttle) and make sure the mower blades are sharp.
- Check the mower housing regularly and clear away any debris.
- Watch out for overlapping swaths.
- Very long grass should always be mown in stages.
- Vary the direction of mowing. That makes sure all the grass is covered and the cuttings are more evenly distributed. The result is a more homogeneous cutting pattern.