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What does a mulching plug do on a mower?

Dennis WaldenSep 13, 2021

The mulching function on a lawn mower is activated by simply inserting a mulch plug into the discharge chute which prevents the cut grass from leaving the mower deck and entering the grass collector. This results in the cuttings being circulated within the deck and cut up into very fine pieces.

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Keeping this in view, how do you install a mulch plug?

Insert the mulch plug into the deck discharge chute opening by fitting the bolt on the rear side of the mulch plug into the hole in the deck. Pivot the mulch plug into place. Pull and stretch the retaining plug on the mulch plug over the deck wheel bracket and hook it under the bottom of the bracket.

Also question is, what is a mulch plug? With the Mulching Plug in place, the freshly cut grass is held under the lawnmower deck rather than being collected in the grassbag. Here it is cut into very small pieces and blown back into the grass to help fertilise your lawn.

People also ask, do mulching mowers really work?

While mulching mowers worked fine for contractors in dry, slow-growing grass conditions, others complained of clumping grass and an unattractive appearance, wasted time spent cleaning out sticky grass from mulching mower decks and how using a mulching mower once each week couldn't keep up with spring's rapidly growing ...

Is it bad to leave grass clippings on lawn?

Uses for Grass Clippings

Note: Grass clippings are good for your lawn as they will offer healthy nutrients to your lawn's soil, and it is still fine to leave them behind after mowing. Longer grass can invite lawn pests, which often hide in shady areas of your yard.

What's the difference between mulching and mowing?

Essentially, mowing cuts the grass and then shoots the grass clippings away, Mulching cuts the grass to a finer degree so it can act as mulch on the lawn. A mulching lawnmower eliminates the need to rake, bag or otherwise dispose of grass clippings, but it doesn't simply make the clippings vanish into thin air.

What does mulching mean when mowing?

In the case of mulching lawn mowers, the mulch consists of grass clippings from the mowed turfgrass. The clippings are cut into fine pieces that fall easily to the soil surface. There, they can be rapidly broken down by soil microorganisms, which release nutrients from the mulched plant material back into the soil.

What are the pros and cons of mulching grass?

The Pros and Cons of Mulching
  • Mulches suppress weed growth.
  • Mulches retain moisture - particularly helpful in hot summers.
  • Mulches reduce soil erosion – useful during winters and heavy rain.
  • Mulches can insulate crops from extreme temperatures – especially useful for early and late crops.

Do you really need mulching blades?

Mulching blades are an excellent choice for use on lawns that receive a mowing every three to four days. Using mulching blades on overgrown grass can result in clogging under the deck and piles of grass on the cut lawn. Mulching is also an environmentally friendly way to deal with grass clippings.

Is it better to bag or mulch your grass?

Any blades should work when bagging, but if you want finer pieces, you should use a mulching blade. Most of the time, mulching your clippings is the best option. You should bag your clippings if the grass is tall, leaves are covering the lawn, or you need to prevent disease and weeds from spreading.

Is mulching better than side-discharge?

No. Both side-discharge and mulching mowers leave grass blades behind. However, a mulching blade chops up clippings into finer pieces so they decompose faster and don't clump as quickly. Using a side-discharge mower you may need to do your own mulching by running over your grass piles multiple times.
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Dennis Walden

Dennis owns a small farm and loves to grill since his early childhood. He’s a professional cook, but hiking and enjoying the great outdoors is his no less favorite part of life.