Originally Posted by B-2 Lawncare
If you mulch all the time how do you control how mulch thatch is on the lawn? Do you dethatch in the summer? Another thing Is not a big issue but more of a pain in the but. Putting the mulch kit on my new tractor. most people around here want it bagged. And from the way it looks on the web it looks like i will have to take it off if i want to bag with this mower. I am not sure what kind of seed they are going to use. they are planing to do it with in the next month. Which I think is a big mistake. Spring wont hit here until May.
I am from minnesota and we grow KBG. We don't really have a thatch build up problem as big as some of the other "warmer states"
But back to the thatch question and why it needs to be address. Mulch DOES NOT build up thatch.
HOW CAN I PREVENT THATCH BUILD-UP?
Contrary to popular misconception, grass clippings do not contribute to thatch build-up. In fact, fine clippings (when your grass is mowed on a regular basis and the clippings are not too long) act as a natural fertilizer that minimizes thatch and adds to the vitality of your lawn.
So what causes excessive thatch? Many things, including poor aeration, soil composition, rotten leaves and yard waste sitting on your grass. Even excessive pesticides and herbicides can aid in the acceleration of thatch build-up, because they drive away earthworms, your soil's natural aerators.
To prevent thatch, make sure your lawn is mowed regularly; remove fallen leaves promptly; aerate at least once a year to help air, moisture, and nutrients reach the soil; and when watering, make sure to saturate the soil completely to encourage the roots to grow downward rather than up towards the turf.
Be sure to educate yourself and your clients about this. I have had a lot of my clients ask me this question and once educated they will go with the proven advice.