What To Do With Pesky Lawn Clippings [VIDEO]
decomposing grass clippings break down and add fertility to the lawn
If you like you can compost, otherwise...
Mowing the lawn would be a lot faster and easier if I didn't have to keep emptying the grass clippings. But I don’t want to get a thatch buildup, and getting rid of them calls for a compost pile, hauling them off to the drop off station or getting one of those trash cans with the green lids (good luck there). When I dropped some clippings in the regular weekly pickup, they sent me a $15.00 spanking in the mail.
So I checked at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens site and found this:
Turf experts all agree, if you regularly mow your lawn, you should let your clippings drop back to the ground. Because clippings are 90% water they readily break down into organic matter that feeds the soil and improves soil texture.
In dropping your clippings you are also reducing the need for lawn fertilizer. Therefore you can reduce the total amount of fertilization by 25% because the decomposing grass clippings break down and add fertility to the lawn. Over time you will notice that your lawn has better water holding capacity and a general increase the overall health of the lawn.
Of course, you should only drop clippings when you mow regularly and don’t remove any more than 1⁄3 of the total length of the blade when you mow. If it is longer than 1⁄3 and the mowing interval has been more than a week, then it would be a good idea to pick up your clippings.”
That works for me! I want to be eco-friendly and responsible to the local laws and nature. I also like to tap the knowledge that is available through Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. That’s just one reason I support them and encourage you to as well. Thanks for the information and all you do for us.