Keeping grass areas trim and ordered produces grass cuttings. For years most of us have collected grass cuttings and disposed of them in green bins or compost heaps.
A typical half acre lawn produces more than 4 tons of grass clippings in a single season. A traditional mower will either collect these clippings, or discharge them as it mows.
The recent introduction of mulching mowers is changing that. So what is a mulching mower and what are its benefits?
Mechanically a mulching mower is similar to any equivalent cut and collect mower, except for its deck design and cutting blades. The deck has no discharge ports and the cutting blades are aerodynamic, producing a powerful downdraught as they cut.
Mowing with a mulch mower is different, its multi-cutting deck retains clippings within the deck where they are cut and recut into small particles. These are blown down into the turf where they decompose. The result is a lawn that looks great and no clippings to collect.
Disposing of clippings in this eco-friendly way, returns valuable nutrients to the soil reducing the need for chemical fertilisers. Our half acre lawn for example, will benefit from the 100 pounds of nitrogen and other valuable trace elements contained in its 4 tons of clippings.
Mulch mowing is quicker too! Mowing time is significantly reduced compared with cut and collect systems as you don't stop to dispose of grass clippings.
Euromec are main dealers for Stiga, leaders in the mulching mower market. The Stiga Park range is a best-seller. An out-front mower, the Park has its' cutting deck at the front, four-wheel drive and articulated steering. A comfortable driving position and simple and clear controls make it easy and safe to use. With a range of engines and cutting decks up to 125cm wide getting the right model for your lawn is simple.
Being a mulching mower the Park has no collection system and its deck is sealed. The machines' cutting height is adjustable, so you can get the finish you want. Performance of the Park is its trump card. It covers large areas quickly and efficiently, and leaves the grass looking neat and trim. No grass clippings to dispose of means when you finish cutting the job is done.
In summary mulching mowers give us significant benefits; no clippings, faster and more efficient mowing and free fertiliser. Their cost is similar to the equivalent cut and collect mower and they cost no more to run. Our customers with Stiga mulching mowers are delighted with their performance and confirm these benefits. It seems the future is mulching.