Forget those long-held beliefs that grass clippings left on a lawn smother the grass underneath or cause thatch. Grass clippings are actually good for the lawn. From now on, don’t bag your lawn clippings: “grass cycle” them. Every year, homeowners spend a significant amount of time raking and bagging grass-clippings. Grasscycling can save you time, money and improve the overall health of your lawn.
Grasscycling is the process of recycling your grass-clippings by leaving them on the lawn where they can break down naturally. Grass-clippings are made up of 85-90% water and quickly dehydrate and decompose once cut. This natural process helps return nutrients back into the soil, reducing the need for fertilizers and lawn watering. Not only does it make caring for your lawn easier, but grasscycling can also reduce your mowing time by 50% because you don’t have to pick up afterwards . And the best part is, it takes less time and energy than bagging and dragging that grass to the curb.
6 Good Reasons to Practice Grasscycling
- Grasscycling improves lawn quality. When grass clippings are allowed to decay naturally on the lawn, they release valuable nutrients, add water-saving mulch and encourage natural soil aeration by earthworms.
- Grasscycling saves time and work. A recent study in the United States found that 147 homeowners who quit bagging their clippings saved an average of 35 minutes per mowing. That’s an average of seven hours per season. Heck, that’s a day at the beach!
- All lawn mowers can grasscycle. No special mower is necessary. For best results, keep the mower blade sharp and mow only when the grass is dry.
- Grass clippings are a free, high-nitrogen fertilizer. When clippings decompose, they release their nutrients back to the lawn. They contain nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus, as well as lesser amounts of other essential plant nutrients. When left on the lawn, clippings are rapidly broken down into these nutrients, which are returned to the lawn. There’s no polluting run-off, no use of non-renewable resources and no damage to soil organisms or wildlife.
- Grasscycling means there’s no need to spend tax dollars on landfilling grass. The cost of trucking grass clippings to landfill sites comes out of residents’ taxes. This is a wasteful practice: all those nutrient-rich clippings could be fertilizing people’s lawns, thereby saving money on fertilizers and water bills. And tax dollars could be spent on services and programs rather than on the labor, trucks, fuel and precious landfill space used in grass disposal.
- Grasscycling is a simple, easy opportunity for every homeowner to do something good for the environment. Grasscycling is a responsible environmental practice and an opportunity for all homeowners to reduce their waste. And the best part is, it takes less time and energy than bagging and dragging that grass to the curb.