What is Grasscycling?
-A simple and natural approach to lawn care.
-Clippings are left on the lawn after mowing, releasing valuable nutrients back into the soil.
What are the benefits of Grasscycling?
-Encourages a healthier lawn
-Can reduce water and fertilizer requirements
-Saves time (less mowing and yard waste disposal)
-Saves money (less water and fertilizer needed)
-Reduces waste in landfills
-Saves energy (hauling to landfill)
How do grass clippings affect our environment?
-On average, yard waste makes us 25% of all residential waste. During Spring & Summer, grass clippings make up 50% of residential waste.
How to Grasscycle
Use your current mower
-You can grasscycle with any mower by removing the collection bag and dispersing grass clippings throughout the lawn.
-Caution: If your mower does not have a safety flap covering the opening where the bag fits the chute, or a plug for the chute, contact your local retailer to purchase a retrofit kit.
Switch to an environmentally-friendly mower
- Although you can grasscycle with any mower, you may want to consider getting a new lawn mower.
-Special mulching and recycling mowers cut grass blades into small pieces and force them into the turf.
-Electric models have added environmental benefits (Eliminates mower emissions, and the potential for gas/oil spills associated with mowers), and are much quieter than gas-powered motor.
Tips for grasscycling with your current lawn mower
-Cut grass when the surface is dry (no drops of moisture on the grass)
-Keep mower blades sharp.
-To avoid covering up the grass surface, mow the lawn just enough so that no more than 1/3 or the grass blade is removed.
-In Spring/Summer when your lawn is growing faster, cut your lawn more frequently.
-Water in the morning, as less water will be lost. (Watering in the evening makes your lawn susceptible to disease development due to the prolonged damp conditions).
-Avoid watering your lawn too frequently. Deep, infrequent watering encourages an extensive root system which helps the turf resist disease and stress.
-Apply smaller amounts of fertilizer to your lawn on a regular basis. This is more effective than applying larger amounts less often.
-Use a combination of fast acting fertilizers (ammonium nitrate, ammonium sulfate, or urea) and slow release nitrogen sources (such as sulfur-coated urea, urea formaldehyde, IBDU or organic fertilizers).
-Check with a local turf specialist to determine the fertilization rates for your grass type. Chances are you can get by with less than recommended and still have a beautiful lawn.
Grasscycle: Myth vs Fact
|Myth:||Grasscycling causes thatch build-up|
|Fact:||Grass roots are the primary cause of thatch, not grass. Grass clippings are mostly composed of water and decompose rapidly.|
|Myth:||Grasscycling spreads lawn disease|
|Fact:||Improper watering and fertilizing are the primary cause of disease. If an accommodating environment for disease exists, infestation will occur whether clippings are collected or not.|
|Myth:||Grasscycling makes lawns look bad|
|Fact:||Grasscycling can actually produce a healthier-looking lawn if done properly. Cut the lawn frequently to produce small clippings that fall between standing blades and decompose quickly. Long clippings may produce a "hay-like" look which can easily be avoided.|