Can you side discharge with mulching blades?

Author: Mrs. Anjali Barrows  |  Last update: Saturday, March 19, 2022

Mulching blades are sometimes called “all purpose” or “3-in-1” blades because you can use them to mulch, bag, or side discharge. Standard blades are called 2-in-1 blades because you can use them to either bag or side discharge the grass. Can I use my current mower to recycle my grass clippings? Yes.

Is it better to mulch or side discharge?

If you are simply looking for a quick cut, the side discharge method is likely the way to go. It won't look as neat and clean as bagging, but it will take substantially less effort. If you're looking to really give your lawn a new life and get more vibrance out of your grass, mulching may be the way to go.

Can you still bag with mulching blades?

Mulching blades, also known as 3-in-1 blades, can be used to bag, discharge, or mulch grass clippings. Mulching blades feature more curves and an increased cutting edge.

How do I mow my lawn with a side discharge?

For side-discharging lawnmowers, mow one strip of grass, then switch directions with the mower so that the next strip you mow sprays the grass clippings over the area you just mowed. Mowing in strips is better than mowing in a circle because you'll avoid building up mounds of clippings.

How do you mow with mulching blades?

How to Cut a Lawn With a Mulch Blade
  1. Start at the top left corner of the lawn, and move down toward the bottom left corner. ...
  2. Mow the second row of lawn the same way as the first, mowing another outline inside the outer ring. ...
  3. Continue mowing in concentric circles or rectangles until you reach the center of the lawn.

Mulching vs Side Discharge - Why I Prefer To Side Discharge When Mowing

Do you need to sharpen mulching blades?

Lawnmower blades need to be sharpened regularly. A dull blade will pull and tear on your grass blades causing jagged tips. The dull blade stresses the grass and the damaged grass tips turn yellow. A sharp blade will cut cleanly which is healthier for the lawn, easier on you and your mower engine.

Are mulching blades supposed to be sharp?

Do not over sharpen. It should cut like a butter knife. Too sharp and you'll damage the blade when you use it.

Can any lawn mower mulch?

Not all lawn mowers can mulch. Mulching mowers have curved blades and a domed cutting deck to cut, suspend and recut grass into tiny pieces that are deposited on the lawn, whereas conventional mowers have flat blades that cut just once. You can use a special kit to convert your mower to mulch.

What does a mulcher attachment do?

The blades of mulching mowers are designed so as to leave behind finely shredded grass clippings. Such clippings can be left right where they fall, without causing harm to your grass. They do not contribute to thatch build-up; in fact, it may be hard to tell that they are even there.

Can you use high lift blades for mulching?

Lifting blades come in three types: High-Lift, Medium-Lift, and Low-Lift. Essentially, the greater the lift, the more horsepower that's required. You would use High-Lift blades when tackling taller, more dense grass (High-lift = higher-lifting airflow). You should not use Lifting blades for mulching.

Can you use mulching blades year round?

You can use your mulching blade year-round. Most homeowners that install mulching blades don't bother changing them until they become too dull to cut effectively, in which case they'll have them sharpened.

Do high lift blades stripe better?

High lift types provided me a very good quality cut, perked the grass up (more suction), stripes nicely and side discharged clippings nice and far. They are best for bagging clippings/leaves though.

What is the disadvantage of mulching?

The main disadvantages of mulching is that it can create a hiding place for harmful insects, and when applied too thickly can suffocate your plants by overheating the soil and starving them of light and water.

Should you mulch every time you mow?

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. Whether you're mulching or bagging, Hutson has the right tools for the job.

Is a mulch kit worth it?

A mulching kit will only do good when it is dry or when the grass hasn't grown a lot. If you are expecting for the clippings to just go away then you need to rethink a mulching kit. They work on a smaller mower like a push mower because you aren't covering as much ground as fast and the grass gets chopped up much more.

Does mulching really work?

Mulching is great for your lawn for a number of reasons. Whether you are mulching leaves or returning lawn clippings back into the lawn, mulching saves time, money, labor, and is a great soil amendment. There is really no need for raking, bagging or hauling away either leaves or clippings.

What is the difference between mulching and side discharge?

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.

How do I know if my mower is a mulching mower?

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.

Should you sharpen mower blades?

It's recommended that you sharpen the blade of your lawnmower at least once a year. ... Dull blades will roughly rip through grass, leaving behind raggedly torn tips on the ends of the individual grass blades. And that can cause the grass to turn brown and leave your lawn more susceptible to disease and pests.

How do I know if my mower blade needs sharpening?

Look for these signs that you may need to sharpen the mower blades:
  1. Dents or nicks in the mower blades.
  2. Uneven grass height after cutting.
  3. Grass blades look torn instead of sliced.
  4. Brown, frayed grass edges.

What is the best way to sharpen lawnmower blades?

The fastest way to sharpen a lawnmower blade is with a bench grinder. Wearing protective eyewear, earplugs, and work gloves, grind the edge of the blade against the spinning wheel. It'll be loud and you'll see sparks, but you'll be able to sharpen the blade in a matter of a few minutes.

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