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To mulch or not to mulch, that's the question ...

 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 12:12 pm    Post subject: To mulch or not to mulch, that's the question ... Reply with quote

Cut the grass for the first time this season last weekend and I couldn't help noticing how much moss has built up around the estate. When I first arrived here I bought a John Deere sit-on which came with a bagging system for the cuttings. Lovely finish but after a while I got bored of having to stop to empty the bags - I've got several acres of garden, orchard and paddock to deal with - so I invested in a mulching plate and blades for the JD.

Certainly made life easier and for the first few years life was a doddle. But now I am beginning to think that the mulching kit has encouraged the moss to come through and I am now debating whether to return to the high lift blades and bagging system to try and strip the moss out and encourage better grass coverage.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sheep? Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooo, this was on radio 2 this week. Moss grows on compacted and hence waterlogged soil, which we have a lot of after teh snow, airate the soil with a fork and remove any moss.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

See if you can fit a scarifier to your JD..?

I used one of these on our front lawn and couldn't believe how much moss was taken out. Let the piles of moss dry for a few days and then burn them Twisted Evil
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