Leave it on the Lawn

Recycle Grass Clippings

Save time, energy, and the environment 

Mowing is an inevitable task for most homeowners, but it does not have to be as hard as we tend to make it. Bagging grass clippings is not only time and energy intensive, but it is also unnecessary. 

Recycling your clippings by leaving cut grass on your lawn is a perfectly viable option to reduce the negative consequences of yard waste. It helps limit the resources spent to collect and commercially compost yard waste, making it an environmentally friendly way to maintain your yard. It also allows your lawn to organically feed itself by putting water and nitrogen back into the soil, all while cutting down on your own time and effort. 

Here are a few tips to consider when recycling your grass clippings:

  • Use Any Mower: Even though mulching mowers can be beneficial because they have extra blades to finely chop the grass, you do not need a special mower to recycle your grass. Any mower will do the job as long as you keep your blades sharp. 
  • Mow When Dry: Avoid mowing when the grass is wet because it can produce clumps.
  • Mow Tall: Taller grass produces a deeper root system that uses water and fights diseases more efficiently. It also helps cut down on weeds. Ideally, set your blade at the highest setting and cut no more than 1/3 of the grass length.
  • Leave it on the Lawn: Allow clippings to settle naturally into the soil to serve as an organic fertilizer. If clippings are long, you can use a rake to spread it out evenly throughout the yard.
  • Alternatives: Another option is to compost your grass on site or use it as mulch for your garden/plants. Learn more here.

Once a pattern of clippings reuse is established over several seasons, the lawn turfgrass system will become more self-sustaining and will likely require less investment in fertilizers and water than you may have used prior to recycling. Help yourself and the environment by leaving it on the lawn!

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