Mulch or Bag?

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Just wondering if you bag or mulch. Mulching probably affects the run time for the mower.
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I mulch when I cut.  You may be right, mulching may take more power, but even using the small 2.0Ah battery I can still get over 20 minutes of run time out of the mower.
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I bag because I like to use the grass clippings for mulch.  Also, I don't like cut grass sticking to my feet or shoes which happens if I don't bag.
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I like to bag when I mow.
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Cuttings are nutrient filled. If you remove them you are removing nutrients from the lawn. People often remove the clippings for fear that they will build up thatch. However thatch does not come from grass clippings - it comes from roots. Grass clippings break down fast and return nutrients to your lawn. Always mulch unless your lawn shows signs of fungus (to prevent spreading the fungus).
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I mulch for the above reason. The only reason to bag is if you have some sort of fungus that you don't want spreading all over the lawn. Well to be fair, some people bag the first cut of the year.

I have used my bag exactly one time. That was to pick up leaves last fall. To be honest, the left on the mower really isn't strong enough for that or even mulch the leaves.
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Left = lift. For some reason the edit function doesn't work on my 1st gen iPad.
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I have no issues with lifting the filled bag for dumping.  I am glad of that since I like to catch the clippings and use them for mulch in the veggie garden or even the flower beds.  I don't like having grass clippings all over my feet from walking across a lawn that has clippings shooting back out on it.
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If you do not leave clippings on the ground, be aware that you must apply extra fertilizer to replace the lost nutrients and maintain a healthy lawn.

This is directly from my most recent soil report from the county extension office:

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Applying extra nutrients sounds good, but then you're asking for other issues. Soil crusting, fungus, burnt lawn, extra runoff, etc. So using more fertilizer instead of keeping clippings is not exactly a perfect solution. Clippings are a lighter and more consistent nutrient source.

If you simply increase each fertilization by 30% rather than doing an extra application then you may burn your lawn as it goes over the recommended amount. So by having another application you will have fresh fertilizer on your lawn's surface more often. Someone who wants to walk on a lawn would probably not want to be walking on extra fertilizer.
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