Zoysia grass is a warm-season low-growing grass that is an extremely popular choice for lawns across the country as well as a favorite for golf courses. Homeowners love this grass for its beauty and low maintenance needs, and it is a definite favorite for those who have no wish to spend every weekend mowing the lawn. However, when you do mow this type of grass, there are several reasons you should consider bagging the grass clippings rather than keeping them for the purpose of mulching.
1. Control Spreading
Planting a zoysia grass lawn is one of the easiest things you can do. This is largely due to the fact that this grass is so hardy that you are only required to plant plugs with no need to seed the lawn. The zoysia grass will have no problem at all crowding out any other grasses you may have already growing in your yard. This is a great asset for getting your lawn planted with a single type of grass, but the zoysia grass has no intention of stopping there. As a very invasive grass, it will grow anywhere it can reach. This often means the takeover of your flowerbeds, vegetable garden and sometimes the lawns of your neighbors. Establishing good borders for your zoysia grass and bagging your clippings will help keep any spreading in check.
2. Clumping Difficulties
While you won’t find yourself spending all your time mowing your yard when you choose to plant zoysia grass, you may still have to deal with clumping issues when you finally do need to mow. When your mower leaves behind large clumps of grass rather than small little clippings, it can cause considerable damage to your lawn. If those clumps are left to sit on the lawn, then it can cause the live grass beneath it to be subject to disease, rot and ultimately death. Bagging your zoysia grass clippings will allow the grass that is left after a mowing to grow and thrive in a healthy manner.
3. Thatch Issues
This is a condition that simply refers to dead grass that is caught between the live healthy grass and the soil. When the dead grass is allowed to build up, your lawn will begin to feel unpleasantly spongy beneath your feet. This condition will also leave your lawn unable to absorb the sunlight, fertilizer, air and water it must have in order to stay alive and be as healthy as possible. You can stave off this problem simply by raking your lawn after you mow and bagging the grass clippings.
4. Beautiful Landscaping
Many homeowners choose zoysia grass to accentuate the rest of their beautiful landscaping. Just as many golf courses do, homeowners who want their lawns to be as sharp as possible will always bag the grass clippings and leave behind only the freshly mowed healthy grass.
The simple act of bagging your zoysia grass clippings after the infrequent mowing that is required will allow you to enjoy your mostly maintenance-free lawn without having to exert much effort. Invite your family and friends over for a backyard barbecue and have a great time showing off your beautiful lawn.