Grass Recycling

Grass Recycling - grasscycling, mulching mowers, mulching mower blades

Grass Recycling

Grass Recycling | Also know as Grasscycling, is the process of leaving your grass clippings on the lawn and diverting waste from the landfill.

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The process of Grass Recycling is more commonly referred to as simply Grasscycling and involves the task of dealing with your mowed grass clippings.

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Grass Recycling - Don't Pick Up Your Clippings

Ask yourself these questions.

Do you pick-up your lawn clippings in a mower bagger or sweeping device after you mow your lawn each week?

If you do, do you place them in bags for the garbage truck to cart them to the landfill?

If you do you certainly are not alone. This is the manner with which many people treat their yard waste. You know, out of sight, out of mind.

If you place your clippings in a compost pile, then my hat off to you! You have made a major step in diverting unnecessary waste from going to the landfill.

There are additional steps you can take to take grass clipping to a whole new level, but first a few facts:

Did you know that the average lawn can contribute 2,000 pounds of waste to the lawn fill each year if you use curbside garbage pickup? If 50 million people in the U.S. alone practice this, it amounts to 100 billion tons of waste in our landfills. That is pretty striking wouldn't you say?

Grass Recycling or Grasscycling - Just What is it?

Grasscycling involves the process of leaving your grass clippings on the lawn while mowing.

We were always taught that by picking up our grass clippings, we would have healthier lawns, better looking lawns, lawns with less thatch and on and on.

While some of these issues do present actual concerns, most of them are simply not true.

The past few decades have proven, through exhaustive testing that leaving lawn clipping on your lawn can not only divert substantial amounts of waste from the landfills, it can give needed nutrients, water reduction and disease resistant qualities to our lawns.

Grass Recycling - Using The Clippings As Fertilizer.

Inorganic Fertilizers: Want to have a healthy-looking, greenest lawn on the block? Give it a heavy dose of high nitrogen fertilizer about 4 to 6 times a year, right?

That will give you a green lawn, but it will also give you a chemically dependent land that requires high amounts of irrigation, continued multiple mowing's per week and few natural defenses to pests and disease. Yep, you guessed it, you lawn is now chemical dependent.

Organic Fertilizers: Okay a great step in the right direction would be to use natural or organic fertilizers in lieu of the inorganic alternatives. Your grass would receive natural amounts of nitrogen, be healthy and look great - but wait!

The nitrogen contained in grass clippings removed from a lawn almost equals the recommended application rate for healthy turf (about 5 pounds of nitrogen per year per 1000 square feet).

While some of this nitrogen is lost through the decomposition of the clippings, leaving the clippings on the lawn by grasscycling can have the overall impact of reducing fertilization requirements by 15 to 25 percent or more.

Similar savings on water use are possible.

So this means, we can use organic fertilizers and by using grasscycling practices, we can reduce the amount of fertilizer we need to spread on the lawn - and - we can reduce our water times and or frequency.

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Grass Recycling - Divert Your Grass Clipping From The Landfill

Grass Recycling - Mowing Guidelines

If you want the ultimate in grasscycling to minimize fertilization, thatch and watering requirements, strictly adhere to the following guidelines:

Never Mow A Wet Lawn: You will just clog up your mower, have slow-decomposition of your grass clippings and a generally ugly result.

Use The 1/3 Rule: To obtain your desired grass blade height you should leave 2/3's of the blade and trim off the top 1/3. This will result in short clipping that will have a tendency to drop down to the surface and decompose much faster, rather than lay on top of the lawn surface.

Use Double-Cutting: If the length gets away from you as it does with everybody from time to time, cut your lawn a minimum of two consecutive times, with a desired result of all short lawn clippings. These will decompose much quicker than the longer blades of grass with a single cutting.

Increase Mowing Frequency: As the weather warms, increase your lawn-mowing frequency accordingly. You should also increase the ideal grass blade height in the warmer months. This will be governed by grass species and your USDA hardiness zone.

Grass Recycling - Mowers:

But I don't own one of these fancy Grasscycling Mower or even a mulching blade for that matter.

Actually that is not quite correct. Most mowers can be turned into a Grasscycling Mower with just a few modifications you can do yourself.

    First: remove the mower collection bag, if it has one to allow the grass clippings to drop down to the lawn.
    Second: If your mower has a safety plug where the bag was removed, you are all set. If not you will have to go to your mower dealer and purchase a retrofit kit. You will have to experiment around a bit to find out what works for you so you don't get clumping while mowing with a conventional mower.
    Third: Keep your blades sharp. To do a proper job of making fine clippings you will have to sharpen your mower blades at least once per month.
Grass Recycling - Mulching Blades

Many lawn mower manufacturers have brought the convenience of mulching to your conventional mower with a Grass Mulching Blade retrofit.

This blade simply replaces your current standard blade and some of them are even multipurpose blades that can be used for mulching or bagging operations, which gives you a great deal of versatility.

These blade retrofits are a very cost-effective alternative, with most of them being less than $25.00 per blade.

Grass Recycling - Go "All-In"

If you are interested being "top dog" and have the ultimate in grass mulching operation, then you should consider a dedicated mulching mower.

Want to be even greener yet? Then you should consider not only a mulching mower, but one that is electric as well. The Neuton Electric Mulching Mower gives you convenience of an electric mower with the grasscycling abilities of mulching your lawn as well.