Bagging is the easy way to clean up your yard. Everything from grass clippings and leaves to pine needles and twigs, no problem. Why? Bagging systems are like an outdoor vacuum cleaner and your lawn is like your outdoor carpet. Just put a bagging system on your riding mower and clean up.
So why doesn’t everybody bag? The answer is simple. Bagging is a matter of preference and is not necessarily the thing to do all the time. Some people like the clean, manicured look of a leaf-free, de-twigged, grass clipping-free lawn. Others take a more holistic approach.
Here are some important things to know if you bag:
- Don’t forget to fertilize. Without grass clippings, fertilizer is the only way your lawn will receive nutrients to keep itself healthy.
- Don’t let your bagger get over full. You don’t want to clog your bagging system. What a mess. See your Bagging System Service Manual for details.
- If you have a lawn that has gone without mowing for a long period of time, side discharge mowing or mulch mowing could lead to thatch, clumping, lawn disease and potential bare spots. Bagging in this circumstance is the way to go. The sooner the better.
Bagging? Not all the time.
Don’t want to bag all the time? Not a fan of bagging? You are not alone. Others, prefer to use grass clippings to add nutrients to a lawn and to minimize the use of fertilizer.
Even the biggest bagger fan should know this: You may want to leave your clippings on the lawn after you’re done mowing at least some of the time. It’ll help your lawn remain healthy and lush in the long run.