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Mulch your grass

Use a mulching mower and leave your grass clippings on your lawn. This provides a great source of slow-release nitrogen for your lawn.

A win-win situation

Mulching! It sounds too good to be true. No bagging, no raking, no hassle – it's good for you, and it's good for your lawn.

Choosing the right mower

There are two types of mowers available on the market. The most common is the rotary mower with the blade turning horizontally in a circular motion.

Reel mowers, on the other hand, turn vertically and make scissor-like cuts. Hand push reel mowers are popular for use in small lawn areas.

Stay sharp

Sharpen your mower blade in the spring and keep it sharp throughout the season. Grass will recover more quickly from one clean cut than from many tears.

A word of caution

Avoid mulching if your clippings are over 2 1/2 cm (1 inch). This would result in too many clippings on your lawn. This would take longer to break down and may lead to a thatch problem.

Source: Lawn Maintenance brochure, Health Canada, 2002.

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