Let’s talk about grass clippings

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that during the growing season up to 50% of what goes to the landfill is yard waste[1].

Consider grasscycling instead of bagging or racking up grass clippings. Grasscycling is the practice of leaving grass clippings on lawns. Leaving clippings on lawns does not lead to thatch or disease. In fact, grass clippings on lawns supports soil ecology and a healthy lawn. Grass clippings adds nutrients back into lawns which reduces the amount of chemical fertilizers needed for nice looking turf.

[1] https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/430/430-402/430-402.html

Mowing

  • Use the mulch setting on your mower to shred the grass and promote faster breakdown of grass clippings.
  • If the grass is long then double cut the grass in the opposite direction to break down clippings into smaller pieces.

Composting

Grass clippings can also be put into your compost bin. Grass is considered a “green” material while branches, twigs and leaves are considered “brown” material for composting bins. Be sure to balance out green and brown with a 1:4 ratio to ensure the compost will heat up enough to break down all materials into a rich compost.

Recycling

If you do bag your grass clippings and yard waste please make sure you place it with your Trash and not in the recycling bin! In spring, recycling drivers see an increase in grass clippings and yard waste which are not accepted in single-stream recycling.