We’re exploring how mulching is a great benefit to keep your lawn healthy all year long!
In part one, we began to explore how mulching is a vital step in lawn care, especially in the fall. In today’s post, we’ll look at both lawn and leaf mulching and more about how to properly care for your lawn through mulching!
At Green Turf Care, we deliver green, healthy lawns in the spring and summer through a variety of lawn care services such as fertilization, aeration, and overseeding. As a homeowner mulching is extremely beneficial and we’ll learn more about it today!
Mulching For a Healthy Lawn
Now that we have an idea about what mulch is and why we should be doing it, let’s examine more about mulching types and the specifics below!
When you’re mowing, lawn clippings should always be mulched back into your lawn because the benefits of lawn mulching are so important to the health of your lawn and shouldn’t be ignored. Not only do they put nutrients back into the soil, but you save time and energy from having to compost or dispose of them.
Leave mulching acts in the same way as lawn mulching, only it might be even more advantageous for the homeowner — it saves intensive labor! So, if you’d rather save time and energy by ditching raking and bagging leaves from the trees that seem to never cease, give leave mulching a try!
Mulching your fall leaves is so beneficial to your lawn because it can be used to fortify the soil, and mulching is better for our environment because it’s not going to the landfill in plastic bags.
It’s even been found that specific leaves such as sugar maple leaves may even inhibit the occurrence of broadleaf weeds such as dandelions. And oak leaves, too, can be mulched. While they are notorious for taking their time to actually fall to the ground and being tough to mulch because of their rigid nature, they’re not too acidic, as it was once thought.
Where Mulching Fits Into Your Lawn Care Routine
Many homeowners have their own formed opinions on mulching, because it always seems like you hear the bad stories, but truly, if you follow a few simple rules, mulching is highly beneficial.
So, how do you know you’re mulching correctly?
To prevent your lawn from becoming smothered or your grass from getting thin and weak, ensure that the layers you are spreading are thin and your lawn doesn’t become overly matted mulch layers.
The standard in leave mulching is to be able to still see visible grass blades through the mulch. And, if you have an abundance of leaves, you may need to compost or dispose of some of it to prevent the mulch from becoming too heavy.
One final thought — while mulching is a great way to add nitrogen to your soil, it should not be relied solely upon. A nitrogen fertilizer is also needed to meet your lawn’s requirements for nitrogen to stay healthy and green come the spring and summer seasons.