How to Recycle Lawn Clippings
Recycling is becoming more and more popular, from aluminum cans to plastic bags. But were you aware that your actual lawn clippings can too be recycled? Instead simply throwing out the grass clippings that you’ve bagged up, put it to some beneficial use. Grass-cycling is a way to bring fantastic benefits to your lawn’s health!
When grass clippings are left on your lawn, it actually acts as a mulch for grass plants and really conserves water. Once the grass clippings start to decompose, they add extremely valuable nutrients to the soil.
In addition to grass clippings being a fantastic mulch, they are also a natural fertilizer. A Rodale Institute Research Center study shows that an acre of clippings provides 235 pounds of nitrogen, 210 pounds of potassium and 77 pounds of phosphorus. These are the same chemicals that you will find on the back of your store bought fertilizer!
The clippings are also found to be fast acting. Within one week, nitrogen from grass clippings can be incorporated into new grass growth. During the Spring and Summer months, grass clippings increase waste that is sent to the dump by 20 to 30 percent. Grass-cycling cuts down on time spent on lawn care, raking, and bagging, and saves space in landfills. If a homeowner incorporates grass-cycling into their lawn care routine, they will save an estimated 7 hours of time over a period of 6 months!
How to do it:
Mulching mowers and mulching blades are ideal for grass-cycling since it cuts the clippings into smaller pieces. This aids with a quick decomposition, but is not required of your mower.
Mowing your grass at the correct height will ensure you get the most out of grass-cycling. First determine your grass species, as different species do better at different heights. If your lawn is mowed too short can scalp your grass. This can essentially put it in shock, making it susceptible to pests. Conversely leaving your grass too high can require longer periods of time for it to dry out after watering or rain, which can also make it susceptible to pests.
Removing your grass one-third of the height is the ideal way to cut your grass. The recommended mowing heights for popular turf grass species are as follows: Hybrid bermudagrass: 1 to 1.5 inches; centipedegrass: 1 to 2 inches; St. Augustinegrass: 2 to 3 inches, Zoysiagrass: 1 to 2 inches; and tall fescue: 2 to 3 inches.
Dull blades actually tear the grass instead of giving it a clean cut, which wounds your grass. This can require extra nutrients and water to heal because the plant is stressed. In addition, water between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. This is when evaporation is lower so more water gets into the soil.
Grass-cycling is one of many to take part in sustainable lawn care in Georgia. It helps your lawn, your budget, and your environment. If you have anymore questions, contact Unlimited Landscaping today to find out more lawn care tips.