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Grasscycling

In order to free up capacity at our organics facilities, we are asking residents to manage the clippings on their lawn. Raise the wheels of the mower so the clippings are shorter to leave clippings on the lawn. This is best practice for a healthy lawn where clippings return valuable nutrients, like nitrogen, potassium and phosphprus to the soil and therefore reduce fertilizer requirements.

 

 

Grasscycling is allowing clippings to remain on the lawn. By grasscycling you can:

  • Give your lawn free nutrients - Leaving grass clippings on the lawn returns valuable nutrients (nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus) to the soil, reducing fertilizer requirements and encouraging earthworm activity.
  • Save time & energy - Raking and bagging clippings can be very time consuming.
  • Save money - Less water & fertilizer are needed. Also, you can save the cost of yard waste bags or cans.
  • Save tax dollars - Leaving grass clippings on the lawn reduces the need for extra municipal collection, hauling and composting costs.

Use Grass clippings in the Yard:

  • Spread clippings in a vegetable or flower garden.
  • Use clippings as a mulch under bushes or add to the soil.
  • Mix grass clippings with leaves and soil in your backyard composter.

Mulch Mowing

Mulch mowers are designed to chop grass clippings and leaves into a fine material and spread the material onto the lawn. The clippings then break down quickly to feed grass with nutrients, reducing the need for supplemental fertilization. This method saves money, saves time, inproves lawn appearance and may reduce fertilizer use by as much as 1/2.

You can also mulch mow last year's leaves that are left on the lawn. Mulching leaves can be done with any type of mower. This method chops leaves up into smaller pieces which can then be placed around plants and trees for moisture conservation, weed control, insulation by keeping roots warmer on cool spring evenings and cooler in summer. Mulch also enriches garden soil as it decomposes.

Many mowers come with a mulching kit or blade, however, a mulching blade or an adapter kit may be available for your existing mower. For tips on mulching grass with a non-mulching mower, visit the lawn care tips page below.

Lawn Care & Mowing Tips

Follow these lawn care tips for a healthy, environmentally friendly lawn.

  • Never cut off more than 1/3 of the grass blade in one mowing. Leave at least 2-3 inches on the grass blades after cutting. Adjust mower height accordingly.
  • Keep your mower blade sharp. Dull mowers tear the grass tips instead of mulching them.
  • Keep the deck clean. A clogged deck won't mulch or discharge properly.
  • Only mow when the grass is dry.
  • Water your lawn in the early morning or in the evening to reduce water loss to evaporation.
  • Over fertilizing your lawn can cause excessive growth and thatch. Leaving clippings on the lawn returns nitrogen to the soil, reducing fertilizer needs.
  • Watering daily can cause fungus disease and shallow-rooted grass plants. Apply water to dry spots on your lawn as needed.