To review the April newsletter CLICK HERE
GardenSMART Newsletter Signup
Visit our Sponsors! encore azalea Dramm
Visit our Sponsors and win.
GardenSMART :: Mulching Is A Must - Benefits Of Mulching For A Greener Lawn

Mulching Is A Must – Benefits Of Mulching For A Greener Lawn

By John Deere
Photo courtesy of John Deere

As the leaves fall around much of the country, it’s a perfect time for homeowners to begin thinking about mulching, an important lawn care activity that is often automatically associated with the fall season.

Many do not realize the health benefits of mulching – turf and human health benefits – encouraged year round as an important piece of the lawn care repertoire.

GardenSMART Article Image

John Deere shares the following benefits to mulching as you continue to work toward a healthy, green lawn come spring.

  • Encourage Growth. When you mulch properly, cutting only 1/3 off the top of the blades of grass and creating fine clippings, nitrogen is returned to the soil. Anywhere from 10 to 25 percent of nitrogen can be returned to the soil through clipping decomposition, helping provide nutrients to your lawn.
  • Moisture Retention. Mulching returns clippings to the soil, forming a thin insulating layer. This helps to provide protection from temperature swings, and creates a water retention mechanism to help stabilize conditions in the upper layer of the soil.
  • Save Your Back. When you mulch, you no longer need to dump clippings from the bagger. Mulching a thin layer of leaves is also a great alternative to raking, saving your muscles some aches and pains.

Additionally, John Deere offers a MulchControl™ kit option on select residential riding and zero-turn radius mowers. This mower deck option enables users to easily change from mulching to side discharge or bagging by simply moving a lever making mowing more efficient while keeping clippings out of driveways, sidewalks and flowerbeds. Learn more about the tools you need to care for your lawn at


All articles are copyrighted and remain the property of the author.

Article URL:

Back to Articles List                               

GardenSMART Featured Article

By GrowJoy
Photographs courtesy of GrowJoy

Tomatoes are the most widely grown vegetable in home gardens around the world. And, everyone runs into problems with tomatoes at one time or another. By learning the most common problems, what to look for, as well as suggested solutions we can be ready for the tomato growing season. Click here for an interesting and informative article.

  Click here to sign up for our monthly NEWSLETTER packed with great articles and helpful tips for your home, garden and pets!  
Copyright © 1998-2012 GSPC. All Rights Reserved.