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It has only been in the past few decades that residents have removed grass clippings from their lawns. Collecting grass clippings has been mainly attributed to the popular but false notion that grass clippings contribute to thatch buildup.
Residents should leave their grass clippings on their lawns by using a mower or mulching mower to break them into small pieces, using grass clippings and leaves as mulch, and using lawn clippings, leaves or broken or chipped twigs as garden path or playground cover. You'll reduce bagging time, save money, return precious nutrients and organic matter back to the soil, reduce the need for fertilizer applications, and keep the materials out of the waste stream.
Many lawn care experts have recommended altering our current lawn care practices in order to maintain a healthy lawn and to avoid excessive clippings. According to the Purdue University Marion County Cooperative Extension Service, the keys to a quality lawn are: proper mowing height and frequency, fertilizing primarily in late summer and early fall, and recycling clippings. The end result is an attractive lawn, less work and a clean environment.
Your county's Cooperative Extension Service can provide additional written and video information on lawn and turf care.
We can easily put nature's recycling system to work in our gardens by spreading yard waste around trees, shrubs and other plants. This is called mulching. Mulching keeps soil loose and moist, smothers weeds, prevents soil erosion and releases nutrients as the material decomposes. Common mulching materials and uses include:
Note: Sawdust and wood chips should only be used as a surface mulch on trees and shrubs. Do not use woody wastes on annual planting areas where they can be mixed into the soil, and never mulch with pesticide – treated, diseased, or insect-infested plant waste.
Purchase a compost bin or make a simple, cost effective one using the 10 easy steps below:
In the unusual case that your compost pile has a bad odor, you can mix in cat litter to control the smell. Since you are not using food scraps, you shouldn't have this problem.
Put in the compost pile:
Don't put in the compost pile: