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What is Grasscycling?

Grasscycling is the natural recycling of grass by leaving clippings on the lawn when mowing. Grass clippings will quickly decompose, returning valuable nutrients to the soil.

​Why Grasscycle?

Grasscycling is good for you, good for your lawn and good for the environment!

  • Reduce yard waste by 20-40% or more.
  • Save time, energy and expense of bagging or putting yard waste in cans.
  • Save gas and energy required to transport and process grass clippings.
  • Reduce the need for fertilizer by one-third.
  • Reduce the demand for watering.
  • Reduce negative impact on water quality from erosion and pesticide application.
  • Provide moisture and nutrients to the soil and cushioning layers to reduce wear.

How do I Grasscycle?

  • ​Grasscycle with most mowers by removing the collection bag so clippings may drop on the lawn.  Make sure to take safety precautions for your specific lawn mower.
  • Mow only when the grass is dry.
  • Only cut 1/3 of the grass blade when mowing.
  • Use any kind of mower, but make sure the blade is sharp.
  • All sharp blades will work, but mulching blades are best.

Grasscycling Myths:

Myth #1: Leaving the grass clippings on the lawn causes thatch

Clippings and thatch are not connected. Thatch results from the abnormally fast growth of roots and other plant tissues and is caused by improper fertilizing and watering. Grass clippings left on the lawn decay quickly and release valuable nutrients back to the established grass.

Myth #2: Grasscycling is messy

Grass clippings decay quickly and disappear within a day or two. If you are worried about people tracking grass into your home or pool, try mowing late in the day so the clippings have time to dry overnight.

Myth #3: Grass clippings damage lawns

Mowing regularly and at the proper height improves your lawn. If you allow the grass to grow too long between cuttings, the thick patches of mowed clippings will suffocate your lawn in those areas. Gradually reducing your lawn to its proper height over a period of 2 or 3 mowings, rather than scalping it back to that height in one mowing can minimize this problem. A good rule of thumb is never removing more than one-third of the leaf surface at one time.

Myth #4: Grasscycling spreads diseases

The spores that cause grass diseases are present whether clippings are collected or not. Watering properly, only when needed, and keeping your mower blade very sharp for clean cutting will help your lawn resist disease.


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