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Mulching mowers are like food processors for your lawn. They use a special blade and enclosed deck to slice up your grass clippings (and dried leaves) a number of times before depositing them back deep into the lawn, where they decompose in a few days into a great organic fertilizer for your lawn! If conditions are right and the mower is designed well, a clean, vacuumed appearance without any unsightly clumps or hedgerows of grass will be your result. And don't worry about creating thatch. Thatch is not made up of dead grass blades left on the lawn, but excess surface roots caused by over watering and over fertilizing.