Lawn Clipping Recycling

An Article on Grass Clippings

Summer is quickly approaching and soon we will be dusting off our mowers and starting our yard maintenance routine. Lower Swatara Township, I am here to say I have a solution for the long discussed question of whether to bag or leave your lawn clippings on your yard. The answer is BOTH! But to save yourself time and energy, as well as money, let your grass clippings lay on your lawn.

Why? Well let me explain...

Recycling grass clippings by leaving them on your lawn allows for natural and FREE nutrients to be provided to your grass as it continues to grow. It is free lawn food. Instead of fertilizing it and spending the extra money to get the greenest grass in the neighborhood, you can save your own green by using your grass clippings. Grass clippings contain the same beneficial nutrients (nitrogen and potassium) as lawn food, but in smaller quantities. It also provides less work for you, the homeowner, because it will cut down on the time it would take to bag your grass and take the bags to the street. Imagine, more time to be able to relax and grill up some juicy burgers for dinner.

But wait...

I know what you're thinking, doesn't clippings cause thatching to happen. The answer is no, leaving clippings on the lawn does not cause thatch (a layer of partially decomposed grass-plant parts between the soil and live grass). Grass clippings are mostly water, and they lay on your lawn, it provides cooling and water to your existing grass. As long as you mow regularly and at the appropriate height, the grass clippings you let lay will quickly disappear. 


Here are some articles to help decide if you should leave and lay or bag and drag.

Grasscycling: The Easiest Way to Nurture Your Lawn

Recycling Turfgrass Clippings