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Old 05-11-2011, 10:47 AM   #1
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Too bag or not to bag


Really, the question I have is, if you do not bag all the time, is that "Ok" or should you bag every once in awhile?

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Old 05-11-2011, 12:01 PM   #2
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When I bagged, I would generally try to do it every time in the spring, when the grass was growing fast and long, and then cut back to every second or third time once it slowed down a bit in the summer. On a mildly different note, the ultimate solution, in my opinion, is a recyling mower. My Toro was not set up that way when I got it, but I bought and installed the recycler kit for it about 12-15 years ago, which included a shroud that completely encloses the deck and high lift blades, and I haven't raked or picked up grass or leaves since, except to rake leaves from around trees and bushes, to an open area where I can run over them. I don't hug trees, but since having one, I have often thought of the amount of fuel, time, and energy that could be saved by making recycling decks standard.

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Old 05-11-2011, 02:46 PM   #3
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Grass clippings do not need to be collected and can actually benefit the turf by returning nutrients and organic matter to the soil. Grass clippings returned to the lawn provide up to 25 percent of your lawn's total fertilizer needs. Clippings contain about 4 percent nitrogen, 2 percent potassium and 1 percent phosphorus. While decomposing, they also serve indirectly as a food source for the bacteria in the soil, which are doing many beneficial things (such as decomposing thatch) for a healthy turf environment. Try bagging every other mowing
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Old 05-11-2011, 03:30 PM   #4
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What about the concern of just spreading the weeds seeds when not bagging? I've been hearing that cited a lot lately.
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Well they make a product called weed n feed with crabgrass killer that is put down in the spring ,they also have bottle spray for weeds hooks to garden hose that doesn't kill the grass . Always start killing weeds in early spring this prevents seeding of the weed when done correctly for a couple of years it will work its self out. Check lowes or home depot they have lots of weed killers that don't kill the grass
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If you're not treating with chemicals, simply removing the clippings (and weeds' seeds) is not going to prevent the spread of weeds in your lawn. I think it would make little to no difference if you bag or not, for the sake of weeds.
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I've already sprayed but I've missed the growing season so I have to wait till next year. I was told that if I didn't bag the seeds from the ones I just killed would spread and possibly germinate.
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Well they make a product called weed n feed with crabgrass killer that is put down in the spring ,they also have bottle spray for weeds hooks to garden hose that doesn't kill the grass . Always start killing weeds in early spring this prevents seeding of the weed when done correctly for a couple of years it will work its self out. Check lowes or home depot they have lots of weed killers that don't kill the grass
But you can't use this if you've recently seeded can you?

Is there ANY product you can use to treat an entire lawn for weeds if you've seeded within the last two months?

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