tractors ?? - Knowledgebase Question

Hamden, Co
Question by jjas273
April 8, 2010
What do you think the best way to cut grass is? I was interested in a tracter but do you need to bag the grass? Is it healthy for the lawn to get the clippings put back in the lawn?

Answer from NGA
April 8, 2010


If you have a large lawn, a tractor will make the job much easier! Recycling the grass clippings (leaving them on the lawn) is actually healthy for your lawn, providing you mow often enough that the clippings are small - one inch or less long. If you don't mow frequently, huge amounts of clippings that fall on your turf can kill the grass by suffocating it. So, mow often and you can leave the clippings on the lawn. Here are some general guidelines to help you choose a lawn tractor. Be aware of the width between any obstacles - you won't be able to mow between close obstacles if the cutting blade has a wide swath. For a 1/2 to 1 acre lawn: You will need a mower with at least a 14 hp engine and a 42" cutting width. For a 1 to 2 acre lawn: A cutting width of between 42" and 46" with a 14 to 16hp engine should be adequate. 3 Acres and above For this size lawn area an engine size of between 18 and 24 hp and a 46" to 54" cutting deck would be the best buy. Hope this information is helpful.

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