Nothing beats the scent of freshly cut grass. Once the lawn has been cut, many people wonder what should be done with the clippings. The team at Commercial Lawn Equipment would like to offer the following tips about how to handle grass clippings and save you time.
Is it Harmful to Leave Grass Clippings on the Lawn?
In the very recent past, the thought of leaving grass clippings behind was something that virtually no respectable homeowner would practice. Those who had bagging mowers used them, and those who didn’t got out the rake and cleared the lawn of any signs of grass clipping waste. Those clippings were neatly deposited in bags and left at the curb for collection, or placed in a compost pile. Today, however, more and more people are learning of the nutrition boost that comes from leaving lawn clippings right where they fall, and what was once considered the height of lazy landscaping is now an environmentally-friendly and lawn-enhancing routine.
What do Clippings Provide for My Lawn?
Most conventional lawns are very high maintenance when it comes to nutrient and water needs. By leaving clippings in place, homeowners are providing a boost of nitrogen right where it is most needed. In fact, it is estimated that regular mowing combined with letting clippings integrate back into the lawn can cut your annual fertilization requirements by as much as a third. That means fewer chemicals, less time spent feeding your lawn and more money in your pocket.
Isn’t Thatch a Problem?
Lawn thatch is a condition where excessive levels of partially decomposed grass accumulate between the roots of the lawn and the surface of the soil. Thatch prevents adequate light from reaching the soil and can be a problem that requires thatch-removal efforts. However, the idea that leaving lawn clippings behind will cause thatch is a myth. As long as the clippings are short and not clumped together, they will quickly become integrated into the soil.
When is it Better to Bag?
It must be noted that leaving lawn clippings in place is not always the best course of action. When the lawn has been allowed to grow very tall, excessive amounts of cut grass will be left behind the next time the lawn is mowed. That may leave more clippings than can be evenly integrated into the existing lawn, and those clippings should be removed. If the lawn is mowed while wet, then the clippings will stick together in clumps, and prevent adequate sunlight, air and water from reaching the lawn. Clippings that are collected and bagged make great additions to a compost pile, where the nitrogen boost can help balance “brown” materials like dried leaves and small twigs. That said, when your lawn is mowed regularly and only when the grass is dry, there should never be a need to remove the clippings.
At Commercial Lawn Equipment, we are always here to help you reach your landscaping goals. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have, and we look forward to helping you find the lawn care tools and equipment you need to keep your lawn looking great.