7 Ways to Use Grass Clippings


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With spring finally here and April showers turning everything a wonderful lush green, my lawn has grown phenomenally. I live on just under 1/3 acre and there is a lot of lawn to mow and each weekend I see my neighbors mowing the yard and filling a trash can with grass clippings. 

There is so much more you can do with grass clippings than just throwing them in the garbage; here are some ideas for you to try in your garden over the next few months to put that grass to some good use.

1. Add to Compost

Grass clippings are a great source of nitrogen and break down quickly.  Mix them well with some shredded paper, straw, cardboard or other fibrous materials and add to the compost heap.  As the weather warms up your composting microbes and insects will get on the job much quicker so you have plenty of material to spread in autumn.

2. Use as Mulch in Garden Beds

If you are wanting to retain moisture in your soil for your plants, water a little less, suppress weeds and feed your plants over time then try using grass clippings as a mulch.  Simply spread a thick layer of 2-3 inches around your plants and beds and top up as necessary throughout the season.

You will see that the height of the mulch will drop down as the clippings decompose or are taken into the soil by worms. It isn’t all that aesthetically pleasing and you might have ordinances to abide by; for example I can only have bark mulch, rock/gravel in my park strip.

2/17/2021 10:39:55 AM

I assume you have to be careful not to use clippings from a treated lawn? How long to convert a treated lawn to one you can use the clippings organically?

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