Lawn Care for People Who Hate Lawn Care
Don’t rake…Don’t bag…Grasscycle
Want to learn a simple way to cut down on yard work and reduce your use of fertilizer and water? It’s called grasscycling and it’s as simple as letting the clippings from your mower stay on your lawn. There’s no need to rake after you mow.
Grasscycling saves time, reduces waste and leads to a deeper, healthier root system that increases your lawn’s resistance to disease, drought and insects. When grass clippings decay naturally on the lawn, they release valuable nutrients, add water-saving mulch and encourage natural soil aeration by earthworms.
- Reduces Work: Grasscycling saves time and work. There is no need to rake, and you don’t have to fertilize as often. A recent study found that 147 homeowners who quit bagging their clippings saved an average of 35 minutes per mowing. That’s an average of seven hours more per season to enjoy.
- No Special Equipment: 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.
- Natural Fertilizer: Grass clippings are a free, high-nitrogen fertilizer. 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.
- Reduces Water consumption: The clippings act as mulch, protecting grass roots from sun and reducing the need to water.
Myths About Grasscycling
Leaving grass clippings on the lawn causes thatch.
Clippings and thatch are not connected. Thatch results from the abnormally fast growth of roots and other plant tissues and is caused by improper fertilizing and watering. Grass clippings left on the lawn decay quickly and release valuable nutrients back to established grass.
Grasscycling is messy.
Grass clippings decay quickly and disappear within a day or two. If you’re worried about people tracking grass into your home or pool, try mowing late in the day so that clippings have time to settle overnight.
Myth # 3
Grass clippings damage lawns.
Mowing regularly and at the proper height improves your lawn. If you allow the grass to grow too long between cuttings, the thick patches of mowed clippings will suffocate your lawn in those areas. This problem can be minimized by gradually reducing your lawn to its proper height over a period of two or three mowings. Never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf surface at any one time.
Grasscycling spreads diseases.
The spores that cause grass diseases are present whether clippings are collected or not. Watering your lawn only when needed and in the early morning (one inch of water every five to six days). Keep your mower blade sharp to prevent tearing of grass leaves.
How to Grasscycle
- Mow your lawn regularly.
- Mow the lawn when it’s dry.
- Remove no more than 1/3 of the length of the blades of grass.
- Keep the mower blades sharp.
- Let the mower spread the clippings evenly on the lawn.