CCE Subscriber Update: Mulch Mowing Site Finders

 Received April 15, 2015




Mulch Mowing Research “Site Finders” Aren’t Asking You to Change a Thing! 

 Hello to Westchester County newsletter publication subscribers!

 The requirements for selecting sites for the Cornell University Waste Management Institute Mulch Mowing Study happening right here in Westchester don’t ask you to change a thing if you do not mulch mow because we need to add control sites to those being considered and we  need sites WHERE MULCH MOWING IS NOT OCCURRING AND WILL NOT OCCUR FOR THE NEXT 3 YEARS.  

Jean Bonhotal, Director of the Cornell University Waste Management Institute is looking for research participants for this upcoming “real world” mulch mowing study. 

 In our CCE Westchester Mulching in Place brochure, mulch mowing is defined as: “…mowing leaves right where they fall. On lawns, leaves are mulched into the grass where they decompose…”  

 This study would seek to compile critical scientific data resulting from the study of actual landscape situations regarding mulch mowing. Jean Bonhotal has outlined the following research goals:

“…Measure the effects of mulching leaves in place annually over many years on chemical, biological and physical soil(s) health and water quality(w), including, nitrogen(s,w) phosphorus(s,w), potassium(s, w), micronutrients(s,w), pH(s,w), nitrogen mineralization potential(s), microbial activity aggregate stability(s), available water holding capacity(s), and compaction(s). Measure changes in turf quality. Measure changes in tick population dynamics. Estimate changes in GHG emissions”.

Other objectives have been defined as well.

If you are a Green Industry Member, if you work for a municipality, if you are a CCE Master Gardener or a resident with a lawn on your property in Westchester and you are NOT mulch mowing and DO NOT plan to engage in this practice over the next 3 years, please consider joining the site selection process by viewing the following and sending in our questionnaire:

Mulch Mowing Westchester Expectations

Mulch Mowing Westchester Questionnaire


Word format questionnaires prepared for emailing back to us may be had by emailing or by calling 914-285-4618. Completed forms may also be FAXED to 914-285 4624


Have a great day.




Gerald G. Giordano

Senior Horticulture Consultant/

Extension Community Educator/

Cooperative Extension Agent

3 West Main Street, Suite 112

Elmsford, NY 10523