Grasscycling

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

Mowing
-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.

Watering
-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.

Fertilizing
-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.