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Mulching block is in place eliminating a side discharge trail. However, the mulching process leaves a trail beneath the mower, which requires a second pass to eliminate the cut grass trail.

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  • frakes342 Jun 23, 2009

    2009 Troy Bilt Pony lawn tractor w/installed mulching block.

  • frakes342 Jun 23, 2009

    The problem relates to the necessity to go over the already cut grass to mulch it, instead of getting the mulch effect on the first pass.

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They make a very strange looking blade that fits this machine that eliminates the need for double passes. Often referred to as a heavy mulching or a single pass mulcher. They are a bit pricey though. They resemble the letter S. Keep in mind when you use mulching equipment that you need to go a bit slower to let the machine do its job to its best. Post back and let me know how this works for you.

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    Chris Jones Jun 24, 2009

    With these blades there is no need to double pass. The blades do all the work. I have been using these blades for two years now. As long as I keep them sharp they do all the work in one drive around the yard.

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    Chris Jones Jun 24, 2009

    They also make a bagging system for the pony that costs $361.90 that would bring you up to full speed and you could use the compost to start a compost pile for rich soil. The part number is 190-180. Just in case your interested.

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    Chris Jones Jun 24, 2009

    Basically what I was saying in the first post was that the blades that you are using now may not be ideal for your application. You may want to step them up to a more professional series that will do a better job for you on your lawn.

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Peat moss can be used as mulching material, because its resistance to soil compaction is good, it looks very attractive, excellent resistance to wind blowing, easy availability, no fire hazards and universally available.
For mulching coarse grade is good. If added to compost bin, it speeds the composting process, reduces odour, controls air and water in the compost pile.
Compared to compost, it decomposes very slowly over several years. It is environmentally friendly. It is free of insects, weed, seeds, salts and chemicals.
Supplementing your lawn with a thin layer (top dressing) of peat moss with an equal portion of well-shifted compost is very good. It saves your time and money in the long run by clearing up diseases and amount of water your lawn requires.
While transplanting trees and shrubs the best way to do so is to mix in right amount of peat moss. For vegetable and flower gardening peat moss creates ideal growing conditions.
There is no single material currently available that provides all the advantages of peat, although there are many alternative products like coir fibre that are satisfactory in specific uses.
The Peat Research and Development Centre, Shippegan, New Brunswick, conducted research comparing performance of sphagnum peat moss, coir fibre and green compost as amendments in sandy and clayey soil, and its effects on the growth of tomatoes and impatiens.
Research found that while compost and coir in various blends with sandy or clayey soil, performed nearly as well as peat moss under certain conditions, none worked as well as peat moss under all conditions.
Remember one important step, before you till dry peat moss in to the soil, is that it must be well soaked, because dry peat moss will repel water.
So, fill the bag with water and let it soak overnight. Dig one-inch of peat moss into the top six inches of soil to condition the area of existing plants or new transplants.
Traditionally green manure crops are sown and allowed to grow, until the land is needed again. At this point, they are cut down, dug in to the soil and are left to decompose, releasing vital plant nutrients back into soil, which are then used by the next crop. You can use green manure crop as a mulching material too.

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What is the brand and model of your mower?

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