Mulching / Bagging / Discharge
There are different ways of disposing the clippings: mulching, bagging or discharge. Some of the Cub Cadet lawn mowers offer all three functions simultaneously; other mowers can be converted with appropriate attachments.
means that you have two functions in one mower: mulching and discharge (models CC 53 MO & CC 53 MSPO).
means that the mower can as well mulch as rear-discharge and bag the clippings. You have three functions in one mower.
means that at least one technique is standard and that one or two more methods of grass disposal can be added with according attachments.
has the 3-in-1 posibilities plus side-discharge function.
Bagging is recommended for those who don´t have the time to mow very often and want to have a clean looking well-groomed garden as well. Besides that, bagging has the advantage to take debris such as leaves and dead grass out and make room for light and water. In return, the garden needs a good amount of water for a healthy appearance and the grass needs to be disposed into a composter, a green bag or just an invisible area. When bagging the clippings, the resistance on the cutting blade is less than when mulching because grass is cut once and directly transported into the bag. Therefore, energy consumption is in favor of bagging.
Mulching is recommended for wellgroomed gardens and for people who have the ability to mow at least twice a week during high season. When mulching, the grass swirls around the cutting deck and is thus being cut several times until particles are so small that they will fall through the blades onto the ground. As grass consists almost 90 % of water, it is recycled back into the soil and not lost. It can be used as a natural green fertilizer. The smaller the particles are, the better groomed the garden looks and less debris lies on top of the grass. When mulching, the grass which should be cut should have a length of maximum 1 - 2 cm. Energy consumption will raise dramatically with length of grass as the resistance gets higher with extra grass volume.
When discharging the clippings, the grass is usually released through an opening on the side or rear of the cutting deck and spread back onto the garden. This type of lawn care is usually recommended for more natural meadows that don´t need cutting as frequently as well-groomed gardens and that grow higher. Usually, these conditions do not persist around the house as the grass debris will end up in the house, pool or walkways. The resistance on the blade is almost identical to bagging but backpressure from a grass catcher is absent, so discharging is the most energy efficient method to mow.