The Home Ownership Thread - Page 141
This. Mulching is a great way to suffocate your lawn, unless you enjoy cutting it every other day.
Every Spring, run a power rake through the grass and pull up all the thatch that compacted over the winter. I've found that to be one of the single most important things you can do for your lawn.
Could definitely be a regional thing. The grass here in the PacNW tends to be extremely thick if properly taken care of. If I mulched, I'd need to cut it 2 or 3 times a week or it would really start to pile up. Almost everyone in my neighborhood uses a yard waste bin to get rid of clippings.
I use a plug-in mower that I bought from Sears about 5 years ago. It's served me well, but could use some more power.
I've been following this method the last few years after one of my dogs started having seizures the day the city sprayed for mosquitoes. I don't know if this is any better for the dogs, but as of last summer my lawn definitely looked better than it had in the 7 years I've lived here.
Go to http://www.dirtdoctor.com/ to find out more about it. This guy is local to Dallas and promotes this method as a cleaner, less toxic way of caring for your lawn.