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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.


Step 1. Remove Old Turf

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The first step is to kill and remove poor-quality turf, which you can accomplish several ways. Solarization: Cut the old lawn as close to grade as possible before you begin.  Solarization kills grass, weeds, and weed seeds by overheating them under a layer of clear plastic.  During warm weather, securely anchor the plastic over the area you want to clear.  You will need two months to achieve the desired effect….

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…