Grass Catchers

Written by Charles Peacock
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Grass catchers aren't always necessary when you're cutting your lawn. There are some circumstances, however, when they can be an absolute requirement. Let's take a look at how grass catchers work and when are the best times to use them.

How and When to Use Grass Catchers

The most obvious example of when to use a grass catcher is when your grass is very long. If your lawn hasn't been cut in some time (due to long periods of rain or being away on vacation, for example) you risk choking your grass if you let the clippings lie on the lawn. Heavy, wet grass tends to come out in large chunks that can suffocate areas of your lawn, killing the grass underneath. Grass catchers help you avoid this by retaining the clippings to be disposed of in a compost pile.

Grass catchers are also great for clearing leaves off of your property. Instead of spending hours raking, you can simply lift the blade on your mower and ride it around, sucking up leaves into the mower's bag. Then you can conveniently ride the mower to wherever it is that you want to dispose of your leaves.

Many mowers have the capability to add a grass catcher, but others don't. If you think you might need to bag your clippings or leaves on occasion, be careful to buy a mower that either comes with a grass catcher or allows you to add one on at a later date. It's also a good idea to mow without the catcher on occasion, because small grass clippings can fertilize your lawn and keep it healthy.

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