Keeping grass areas trim and ordered produces grass cuttings, a simple inescapable fact. For years most of us have collected grass cuttings and disposed of them in green bins or compost heaps.
A typical half acre lawn will produce more than 4 tons of grass clippings in a single season. A traditional mower will either collect these clippings, or discharge them as it mows, to be collected or left lying depending on the property owner’s preference. Either way the clippings become a by-product of mowing, to be disposed of.
The relatively recent introduction of mulching mowers is starting to change that. So what is a mulching mower and what are its benefits?
What is a Mulching Mower?
Mechanically a mulching mower is very similar to any equivalent cut and collect mower, except for its deck design and cutting blades. The decks have no discharge ports and the cutting blades are aerodynamic, producing a powerful downdraft as they cut.
Mowing With a Mulching Mower
Mowing with a mulch mower is different because its multi-cutting deck retains clippings within the deck area to be cut and re-cut into very small particles. These are simultaneously blown down into the turf, out of sight; where they will in-time decompose. The result is a lawn that looks great with no clippings to collect and get rid of.
Disposing of clippings in this eco-friendly way, returns valuable nutrients to the soil reducing the need for chemical fertilisers. Our half acre lawn for example, will benefit from the 100 pounds of nitrogen and other valuable trace elements contained in its 4 tons of clippings. These would otherwise have been disposed of but are now provided free as you mow, producing a healthy, attractive lawn.
Time Savings Come Standard
As if this is not enough mulch mowing is quicker too! Mowing time is significantly reduced compared with cut and collect systems as you don’t stop work to dispose of grass clippings. Trips to the compost heap or green bin become a thing of the past, as do piles of rotting grass.
Leaders in the Mulching Mower Market
Euromec are main dealers for Stiga, leaders in the mulching mower market. The Stiga Park range features mulching technology and it is a best seller. An out-front mower, the Park has its’ cutting deck at the front, four wheel drive and articulated steering. Having a comfortable driving position and simple and clear controls make it easy and safe to use. With a range of engines and cutting decks up to 125cm wide getting the right model for your lawn is simple.
Stiga Park Mulching Mower
Being a mulching mower the Park has no collection system and its deck is sealed. The machine’s cutting height is adjustable, with an electric option, so you can get the finish you want. Lifting the cutter deck, and again there is a powered option for this feature, makes moving the machine around easy and protects the deck from damage.
Performance of the Park is its trump card. Spending its entire time cutting it can cover large areas quickly and efficiently, and leaves the grass looking neat and trim. No grass clippings to collect or trips to dispose of them mean when you finish cutting the job is done and you move on.
Future of Grass Cuttings Questionable
In summary mulching mowers give us significant benefits; no clippings to dispose of, faster and more efficient mowing and free fertiliser. Their cost is similar to the equivalent cut and collect mower and they cost no more to run. Our customers with Stiga mulching mowers are delighted with their performance and confirm these benefits. It seems the future is mulching and grass cuttings could become a thing of the past.