Mulching vs. Bagging: Which One Is Right For Your Grass?

Mulching Vs Bagging

After you are done mowing your lawn, you are left with a large number of grass clippings. You may be wondering, is it better to use those clippings for mulch, bag it and use it in other areas, or just dispose of it. We are going to show you the pros and cons of each.

Cut grass can be used on the lawn, as mulch for the yard. Grass clippings make excellent mulch, and decompose into the yard, creating many benefits. Bagging your grass can allow you to collect the grass to add to a compost pile or mulch other areas.

In some cases, you will not be using mulch at all and must bag the grass, and dispose of it. We have some tips, for the best ways to bag up your grass for disposal.

Mulching is a great way to hold in moisture. Since each of these methods have different benefits, we will go over a few of them, to see which one is better for your yard.

Is Mulching Good for a Lawn?

Mulching can be good for a lawn in most circumstances. It can be a bad thing, if there is too much grass clumped up on one spot, and in that case, you could move it around with a rake.

Mulching your lawn will help the lawn hold in moisture, and the decomposition of the grass will add nutrients to the soil. Not to mention, the fact that it is easier to mulch your grass than it is to bag it up.

Grass mulch is also good for mulching around vegetable plants, and flowers in a garden. The best part is, you get to save money on buying mulch while using something you may have just thrown away.

Differences in Mulching Vs Bagging

There are some differences, between mulching and bagging. Let’s take a look at what those differences are, and whether or not they could be a deciding factor between the two.

Mulching Bagging
Mulching your yard with grass clippings is easy to do. Bagging the yard clippings takes more time and effort.
Mulch your yard if you want to add nutrients to the soil, beneath the grass. You bag your clippings, if you are throwing them away, or using them somewhere else.
With mulch, you use your clippings, after each regular mowing. If your grass gets too tall, you may need to bag the clippings, because there is too much.
You want to add mulch to promote growth, with nutrients, when there is not enough. If your lawn has diseases, you may need to bag instead of mulch, to reduce the spread.

The differences between the two, come down to what your personal needs are. Look at what your lawn needs, and if it needs mulching, then using grass clippings is one of the best options.

Mulching Pros and Cons

Now that you know the difference, let’s see some of the pros and cons of each. Both have something to offer, depending on your situation.

Mulching pros:

  • Mulching can be good for your lawn.
  • It can promote growth and a better-looking lawn.
  • It’s less work than bagging up a bunch of grass.

Mulching cons:

  • Does not work as well with wet lawns.
  • Mulching can be harder on your mower.
  • Too much mulch can harm your lawn.

You will have to take into account the condition of your lawn, and whether or not mulching will positively affect the results.

Bagging Pros and Cons

Bagging your grass, instead of mulching it, can be the right choice for many reasons. These pros and cons should help you figure out when to bag grass clippings.

Bagging pros:

  • You can bag your clippings and use them later.
  • Bagging gives a yard a cleaner appearance.
  • Helps reduce the spread of diseases.

Bagging cons:

  • You must have a bag attachment for a quicker job.
  • Your neighborhood may require a yard wastes container.
  • Time is the biggest factor, bagging up grass takes time.

Bagging is the best option if your yard is already in top condition. This way, you can either use it at a later time or dispose of it. Either way, your yard will look nice and clean.

Other Uses for Bagged Grass Clippings

One of the best parts, about bagging your grass clippings, is that you can use them in other areas as mulch. You can also save the clippings, to use on your lawn at a later time when you may need it more.

Grass makes a very good mulch for flowers and vegetables. Straw is also a great choice for mulching gardens. The grass is just the right consistency, to hold water in the ground and add nutrients to the soil.

Grass clippings can also be used for things like chicken bedding, and to feed livestock. There are many ways you can make your grass clippings work for you. All you have to do is bag them up!

Tips for Mulching Grass

If you are going to be mulching grass, then we have a few tips to share with you about that process. There is more than one way to use your clippings. You can use them as they are, discarded from the mower, or you can pile them up, and mow over them again to make them even finer.

  • Don’t use too much mulch. You can over mulch grass very easily. If your grass is too tall, it can make too much mulch, which will kill a lawn.
  • Run the grass clippings through the mower again. Finer mulch works better for grass and yards that are thick.
  • Rake over the grass clippings, to evenly distribute. If your mower shoots the clippings out of the side, it helps to rake them around more evenly.

As long as you do not use too much, you should be just fine. Just remember if your grass has any sign of disease, spreading the diseased clippings around the yard will help to spread the disease. In this case, you should bag them instead, and dispose of them.

Bagging Grass for Disposal

If you are bagging your grass to be disposed of, then there a few things you should keep in mind. Some areas require you to have a separate, lawn waste bin. Throwing 5 huge bags of grass clippings onto the side of the curb can be an eyesore.

Make sure you are up to date on all of the HOA rules, and regulations if your home is part of a neighborhood. If you are in an area, that picks up grass waste with the regular trash, you may want to wait until trash day to set them out.

Always do your best to stay on top of things. Keeping your yard looking nice, and being respectful to your neighbors, can make for good relations.

Related Questions

Can leaves be left on the lawn for mulching?

Yes, you can leave the grass clippings where they lay. However, using a rake to spread them around, will give you better coverage of the mulch.

Do grass clippings cause allergies?

Some people are allergic to grass clippings. If you must cut your lawn, and collect clippings or spread mulch, it helps to wear a facemask.

Chad Kilpatrick

I'm a writer that is passionate about home improvements, remodeling, and renovating. I enjoy learning new skills and techniques and sharing them with others.

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