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 dispose of it. We are going to show you the pros and cons of each.

Mulching leaves the grass clippings in your yard and bagging collects your clippings so you can discard them. You can help promote a healthy lawn when you use a mulching attachment because it nourishes the grass and soil. Bagging is great because you can make your lawn look neat or you can save the clippings for later use.

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. In this article, we’ll take you through all of what you need to know so you can choose what one is the best for your grass.

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Is Mulching Good For A Lawn?

Mulching can be useful 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 suitable 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 look at what those differences are and whether 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. However, if not, then maybe bagging would be the best option for you.

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 useful 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 most significant 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 an excellent mulch for flowers and vegetables. Straw is also a perfect 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.
  • Do not mulch zoysia. If you leave zoysia to mulch, instead of helping your grass, it will end up killing it. The same can be said for any ‘clump’ of grass clippings or leaves. However, zoysia is hazardous to your grass and will end up subjecting it to disease and death.

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 five huge bags of grass clippings onto the side of the curb can be an eyesore.

Ensure 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. Some people prefer to put the leaves into a wheelbarrow and then go around and spread them throughout the lawn. But if you don’t want to do all that work (We don’t blame you!), then you can simply spread it with a rake.

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 if you wear a facemask. If you’re highly allergic to grass clippings, you may also want to wear a long sleeve shirt and gloves while mowing. However, this isn’t feasible for individuals in hot climates. If it’s too hot to wear long sleeves, make sure you shower as soon as you’re finished.

Should you bag or mulch Zoysia?

Bagging up your zoysia clippings is a better choice than mulching it. The clumps from the zoysia will rot and kill your grass that lay beneath it. Also, it may be subject to disease as well. By bagging your zoysia, you will allow your grass to thrive and thrive.

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Our Takeaway

Whether you bag or mulch your grass clippings will depend on what you’re trying to achieve when it comes to your lawn. If you decide to mulch, this can help your grass thrive; however, it does take a bit of work. If you’re looking to do a quick job on your lawn on that particular day, then bagging would a better choice for you. Both mulching and bagging have their pros on cons that you will need to filter through to find out the best option for your lawn.

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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