Grasscycling: Letting Your Grass Pick Up What You Put Down
July 29, 2013
Lots of people work hard to grow a beautiful green lawn. Today we discuss a secret that will keep your grass healthy while cutting down on expenses and effort! Grasscycling is a way to recycle your grass and save yourself time, money, and labor, all while nurturing your enviable yard.
This summer, when you trim your lawn, instead of collecting your clippings let them stay on your grass. They provide an instant, natural source of nutrition. When you leave your trimmings where they fall, you keep a large amount of waste out of landfills and help increase water retention and return nutrients to the soil. In addition, your mowing time will be significantly decreased – up to 38 percent less time – because you won’t have to lug heavy bags. This allows you to spend time enjoying your yard instead of caring for it. Grasscycling can also serve in place of fertilizers, saving you money as well. Finally, you can also collect your clippings and use them as a mulch to keep your garden weed-free.
To grasscycle effectively, set your mower on its highest setting to cut your grass cleanly and keep it healthy. Giving your lawn a buzz cut exposes the soil to the hot sun and removes necessary moisture, so be careful not to cut your grass too short. In addition, larger clippings won’t fertilize your lawn as well. So let the grass grow, and let the clippings go back to the ground. Eartheasy has some fantastic tips to help get you started grasscycling. Get into grasscycling and show your lawn some love!
By: Licole Paroly