lawn care grass clippingsShould you rake turf clippings or leave them? This is the most common lawn care question homeowners ask after taking care of their lawn. There are several reasons why they have this dilemma. One, leaving them on a yard that has healthy turf ends up being an issue just if they are too thick or the yard is damp. When grass is too thick, they mat down. When the grass is too damp, lawn clippings stick and in either case, they obstruct the healthy circulation of air to your lawn.

Second, if the grass is cut before it gets extremely high the pile of yard clippings will not be enough to necessitate raking. The result, they do not add to yard thatch accumulation.

So what is the best way to deal with lawn clippings after lawn care?

A great way to navigate needing to bag or rake yard clippings is to cut with a mulching lawn mower. Mulching lawn clippings chop them up carefully enough that they do not damage the lawn. Regardless of the type of lawn mower that you own, you must not trim when the grass is too damp.

The suggestions above defined that leaving clippings on the yard is all right, under the ideal conditions, supplied that the concerned yard is healthy. If you have spots of unhealthy lawn on your yard, you can simply bag the clippings and dispose of them. Otherwise, you run the risk of letting the disease infect other parts of your lawn.

What Are the Benefits of Turf Clippings on Your Yard

Utilizing a mulching lawn mower and leaving grass clippings on yards (under the ideal conditions, as detailed above) exceeds mentioning that no damage will be done. Leaving the cut grass where it falls can be helpful for your yard, your health (if you think in green living), and your wallet.

The nutrients supplied by the grass clippings provide less reliance on chemical yard fertilizers, consequently saving money. Grass clippings are specifically abundant in nitrogen. This natural type of nitrogen then serves as a slow-release fertilizer leaving fewer worries about it burning your yard. It is also safe for kids and family pets.

Can Grass Clippings Be Used in Garden Compost?

If for some reason, after lawn care, you do not want to leave the grass clippings on your yard. What should you do? If this is the case, you still should not bring clippings outside your yard and have the garbage truck collect it. That is a waste of raw material. Rather, utilize them in your garden compost bin.

Yard clippings function as a “green” element in garden compost and operate in tandem with “brown” elements such as the leaves you generate fall. Freshly-cut yard blades are generally water, which is why a substantial stack of them transferred into a garden compost bin breaks down so quickly. In the process of breaking down, they warm up your compost heap, which, in turn, assists the stack’s other elements to decay more rapidly.

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