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Is It Better to Bag or Mulch Your Grass Clippings When Mowing Your Lawn?

Throughout the year, your lawn in Georgia will need to be mowed regularly to keep it looking neat and manicured. However, you may be wondering if it's better to bag or mulch your grass clipping when you're mowing your lawn. Well, the answer is that it's better for your lawn if you mulch the clippings. That's because when you mulch the clippings, they will eventually break down and return nutrients to your soil. One of the most common misconceptions of mulching grass clippings is that it causes a thatch build-up problem. This isn't true because the clippings are made up mostly of water and decompose very quickly. Although bagging the clippings will leave your lawn looking pristine, it won't give your lawn the benefits that mulching them will. Continue reading to find out why mulching your grass clippings is better than bagging them.


Mulching grass clippings provide more nutrients to your soil.

When it comes time to mow your lawn, you'll need to decide how you are going to deal with the clipping. You have two choices: mulch them or bag them. To put it simply, mulching the grass clippings is the best option. That's because the grass clippings are full of nutrients, and as they decompose, they will return the nutrients to your soil. These nutrients will help your lawn grow strong roots, resists diseases, and give your grass that beautiful green color.

Grass clippings are full of nutrients, including nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium!


Will mulching grass clippings cause a thatch build-up problem?

Thatch is a layer of natural debris that forms between the soil surface and the grass. Thatch can cause problems for your lawn because it can prevent essential nutrients and resources from making their way through the soil to the roots of your grass. However, while it is a common misconception that mulching your grass clippings causes a thatch build-up problem, it actually doesn't! That's because grass clippings are mostly made up of water and they are able to decompose very quickly. Longer clippings may take longer to decompose, but they still do not accumulate and are not a significant contributor to any thatch build-up issues for your lawn.

The shorter the grass clippings are, the quicker they will be able to decompose!


Bagging grass clippings help keeps your lawn pristine, but it doesn't provide the benefits that mulching does.

If you want your lawn to be as pristine looking as possible after mowing, then you can bag all of your grass clippings while you are mowing. While this may be temporarily the more aesthetically pleasing option, your lawn won't be able to reap the nutritional benefits of the clippings. So, while you can bag the grass clippings if you really want to, it will be better for your lawn in the long run if you mulch them instead!


Give us a call today to schedule our lawn mowing service.

At O'Neill Landscape Group, our lawn mowing service is designed to keep your lawn looking as pristine as possible throughout the year. Our crew is trained to be meticulous with our mowing techniques so your lawn is always looking its best. Along with mulching your grass clippings while mowing, we also perform maintenance tasks that include trimming, debris removal, and landscape bed weed removal to ensure the entirety of your lawn looks amazing. We offer our lawn mowing service to commercial, residential, and HOA properties in Woodstock, Roswell, Alpharetta, GA, and throughout the surrounding areas. Give us a call at (770) 738-9677 to schedule our lawn mowing service for your property today! We look forward to hearing from you!