Move over water and sunshine — mulching provides excellent nutrients to and provides great soil amendment to your lawn!

One of the most costly mistakes homeowners make is not paying much attention to their lawns when the weather begins to drop — this is, in fact, the time to really hone in and give your lawn some extra love and TLC to protect for the frigid Pennsylvania winter that’s ahead. 

Not only is it crucial to schedule steps five and six in our 6-step lawn fertilization program to properly nourish and prepare your lawn for the pending cold weather but to mulch your yard as well.

At Green Turf Care, there is a difference between good lawn care and great lawn care for the folks in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania! Sometimes it means going that one extra mile and fertilizing, applying weed control, and mulching! Learn more about fall lawn mulching in today’s post!

Why Mulch?

Mulching is a beautiful way to not only repurpose grass and leave clippings to reincorporate them back into your lawn, but they are packed full of nutrients that helps amend the soil and prepare and protect it from the harsh Lehigh Valley winters. 

How To Mulch

The most important thing to check is that your mower has a mulching function, which most do. Or, if your lawnmower does not have one, there are kits that easily attached or one can typically be retrofitted.

The mower not only has mulching blades but a vortex baffle to help trap the clippings and further cut them down and then be dropped to the surface of your lawn as mulch. 

Does lawn mulching ever hurt the grass?

Many people think that lawn mulch might starve the grass from sunlight or create a thatch overgrowth, but these are just myths. The mulch is broken down enough that consists of grass fiber and water that is further broken down by microbial activity. 

The only time grass mulch may impede with thatch is when the grass isn’t properly mowed consistently.  

Mulch and the Nitrogen Factor

Our lawns need and crave nitrogen. Not only can you provide your lawn with nitrogen through fertilization, but, you guessed it, lawn mulching. It’s thought that lawn needs roughly four pounds of nitrogen to stay healthy and vibrant, and lawn mulching can provide up to one pound of your lawns nitrogen needs. 

All types of mulching — lawn and leaf — create a beautiful soil diversity where worms and good bacteria and fungi can break the mulch down and amend the soil. The goal of a healthy, natural lawn is to achieve a soil that is around 5% of organic matter, with most lawns falling in the 2 to 3% range. 

With each year of steady mulching, it begins to heighten the percentage of organic matter, thus making your soil rich and thriving for grass and other plants to grow in. 

We’ve spent a little time covering why you should mulch, if mulch hurts the grass, and how nitrogen plays a role in mulching, and there are even more specifics to cover! Stay tuned for part two!

For more information about fall and winter lawn care, connect with us today!