Bagging grass clippings is unnecessary and wasteful. After all, it removes valuable nutrients and organic matter from the system for no reason. A better alternative is grasscycling (also known as mulch mowing) — the practice of leaving clippings on the lawn so they return to the soil through the process of decomposition. Grasscycling can reduce the need for nitrogen (the key element in lawn fertilizer) by 30 to 50 percent.
The idea that leaving the clippings on the lawn causes thatch is a myth. If you have a mulching mower, it will automatically cut the grass into very fine bits that will decompose quickly and then blow them down into the lawn, where they'll get right to work recycling nutrients. Many regular mowers can be equipped with a grasscycling kit. You can use a regular mower as-is as long as you cut the grass often enough that you aren't removing more than an inch of the blades at any one time. Be sure to mow when the grass is dry so the clippings are distributed more evenly.
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