Collecting Grass and Mulching
Both ride-on and garden tractors have the function to collect grass and mulch, so below we will explain the benefits of both.
A large lawn will create a mass of grass cuttings. where you put these cuttings will have an effect on how well the lawn will look. You can either dispose of these clippings in your compost heap / composter or recycle them onto your garden.
A ride-on mower or garden tractor with rear collection have an air flow system on cheaper models that push the cuttings in the collection box or bag, where as, the more expensive models use a powered sweeper to physically push them into the bag. Be mindful of the size of the collection bag in relation to the size of your lawn as you don’t want to emptying it too many times during each mow.
In situations where you do not wish to collect the clippings then you can purchase a deflector which will evenly distribute them over the lawn as you mow.
A garden tractor with mid mount decks usually give you the option to spray the clippings from the sides if you want to recycle them back into the lawn. In hot conditions like we are having right now, it is a good idea to spread your grass cuttings over the lawn to prevent scorching.
As an alternative to collecting and spreading, your ride-on mower or garden tractor could opt for a mulching feature. With this option, the cutting blade cuts the grass extremely fine and blows them onto the lawn. The cuttings then decompose over time and feed the lawn.