Here are some facts about grass clippings:
- 1,000 square feet of bluegrass lawn generates about 200 pounds of clippings each year.
- Yard waste makes up 20 percent of all debris sent to land fills.
- Hauling yard waste to landfills is labor, energy and emissions intensive.
- A mulching mower solves these problems by cutting up all the clippings as you mow and depositing them on top of the lawn.
Not only does mulching stop waste, it turns clippings into a green by-product that makes the lawn healthier.
Clippings left on the grass provide additional shade and green matter that helps keep moisture in the soil. Clippings are actually about 75 percent water.
Mulching is a water-saving process. If you change to a mulching mower, be sure to decrease the amount of water from what you've usually applied to the lawn. In some cases, this can be as much as half the amount. Monitor soil moisture and the weather and adjust accordingly.
Clippings are nitrogen-rich and will provide 25-30 percent of the nitrogen needs for the lawn. Since nitrogen is the primary ingredient in fertilizer, that means you will need less fertilizer to achieve the same results.
Clippings break down rather quickly and that process encourages beneficial microorganisms and earthworms which also promote lawn health.
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