By USA Mower Blades
There are two basic types of lawn mower blades – standard blades and mulching blades. Telling them apart is easy when you know how the blades work and what to look for. Standard blades, sometimes referred to as 2-in-1 blades, are designed to cut grass and then either discharge or bag the clippings. Standard and high-lift blades are straight and aerodynamic as possible to create a powerful lift that will expel the grass clippings from under the deck.
Standard blades are the ideal choice when mulching the grass clippings may not be an option. Many professionals prefer to bag the clippings for a cleaner looking lawn. Bagging clippings will also remove leaves and debris from the lawn, leaving behind a well-manicured cut. Bagging is also a wise option for lawns that do not receive a frequent mowing. Over-grown grass can clog under the mower deck and leave unsightly clumps of grass on the freshly mowed lawn.
Mulching blades, also known as 3-in-1 blades, can be used to bag, discharge, or mulch grass clippings. Mulching blades feature more curves and an increased cutting edge. The curved surface and increased cutting edge allows the blade to cut the grass and bring it into the deck where it is cut several more times before falling back onto the lawn in much smaller pieces. The curved design of a mulching blade does not provide the same type of lift and discharge power as standard blades. Mulching blades are an excellent choice for use on lawns that receive a mowing every three to four days. Using mulching blades on overgrown grass can result in clogging under the deck and piles of grass on the cut lawn.
Mulching is also an environmentally friendly way to deal with grass clippings. Mulched grass clipping and leaves act as a natural fertilizer. Plants like grass and trees take up nutrients from the soil and store them in their leaves. Mulching this organic material will return the valuable nutrients back to the soil that the plants can use again.
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