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Mulch or Bag?

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Which is better for your lawn — mulching or bagging? Toro’s agronomist, Dr. Van Cline, reveals the answer and dispels some myths about this often-asked question.

Methods of Removing Turf

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When planting a new lawn, the first step is to kill and remove any poor-quality turf. This process can be accomplished through several methods including solarization, heavy mulches, hoes or sod cutters, and herbicides. When selecting your method, keep your lawn and climate conditions in mind, as some methods may be a better fit for your lawn than others. Solarization: Cut the old lawn as close to grade as possible before you begin….

Protect with straw

Protect a New Lawn With Straw

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If the weather is dry or warm, spread a layer of straw mulch over seeded areas.  Straw mulch will slow evaporation, provide some shade, and disperse raindrops that might otherwise dislodge young seedlings. Choose a clean mulching straw that is free of seed, such as wheat straw.  Evenly spread about 50 to 80 pounds (one or two bales) per 1,000 square feet.  In windy areas, stretch string over the mulch…