So I heard from a big-box hardware store that before I lay down fall food, its best to mow with the bag on. Otherwise, I've always heard that I should avoid bagging except in very wet conditions. That said, I can see the logic in letting the chemicals penetrate into the soil instead of sitting on the layer of mulch. Is it advisable to bag prior to fertilizing?
Also known as Grasscycling.
Grass clippings are 80% water and a time releasing organic fertilizer.
There are only 2 main reasons not to Grasscycle.
If you see signs of lawn disease, to avoid spreading the fungus.
You recently applied a weed control product to the lawn.
Left on the lawn, grass clippings rapidly decompose being 80% water and serve as a time-release fertilizer, helping to promote steady growth.
According to experts with the Missouri Botanical Garden, you'll need 25 percent less fertilizer if you grasscycle. As the clippings add humus to the lawn soil, you'll also have more earthworms and other microorganisms that help break down plant particles even faster.
No need to worry about either, since you will be basically adding the same two things, water and fertilizer.