Can I use a lawn mower to shred leaves?
Any type of lawn mower can chop up leaves although it might take a few passes to do the job well. No matter what type of mower you own, prepare by setting the blade, or mower height, to its highest setting for mulching leaves. Then, remove the bag that collects clippings.
What is the easiest way to mulch leaves?
Mulching leaves is simple: Just shred the leaves with your lawn mower as much as possible soon after they fall. Check to be sure that the mulched leaf material left behind is not excessive. It should blend in nicely with the turf and not accumulate so much that it covers the grass blades, causing the lawn to suffocate.
How do you turn a lawnmower into a mulcher?
Conversion. Numerous side-discharge and bag lawnmowers can be converted into mulching mowers by installing a mulching conversion kit. Mulching conversion kits usually consist of a mulching blade and a restriction plate, which prevents the grass clippings from becoming discharged by way of the side or rear chute.
Is it better to pick up leaves or mulch them?
A study done at Michigan State University shows that you can forget about raking, blowing, and bagging leaves. Instead, just mulch them with your lawn mower and feed your lawn with a nitrogen-rich lawn fertilizer like Scotts® Turf Builder® Winterguard® Fall Lawn Food.
How do I know if my lawnmower is a mulcher?
A standard mower blade usually has cutting surfaces only at its ends while a mulching mower’s blade usually has multiple cutting surfaces along its length. With its numerous sharp edges, a mulching blade is able to chop grass clippings as they fly in the air flow under the mower deck.
Is it better to leave leaves on the lawn over winter?
Excessive leaf matter on your lawn going into winter is bad for several reasons. First, it will smother the grass and if not removed very soon in the spring it will inhibit growth. Second, it can promote the snow mold diseases. And finally, turf damage from critters (voles, mice) can be more extensive in the spring.