GrassCycling Virtual Workshop
Due to overwhelming demand mower and compost bin rebates are no longer available. You can still help your lawn by becoming a GrassCycling Guru in this fun, informative online workshop.Takes about 15 minutes.
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Clip Your Waste – GrassCycle
Learn to manage grass clippings onsite instead of hauling them off.
What is GrassCycling?
GrassCycling is a natural way of recycling grass and returning water and nutrients to the soil. Mulch mowing is the most common GrassCycling practice and the least amount of extra work, but it’s not the only option. You can also use grass clippings as mulch in other areas, or add them to your compost and soil.
3 Ways to GrassCycle
- Leave grass clippings on your lawn when you mulch mow.
- Add grass clippings to your compost pile.
- Use grass clippings as mulch or blend them with soil in your flower and garden beds.
- Grass clippings from mulch mowing decompose quickly, returning valuable water and nutrients back to the soil.
- Avoid having to empty awkward mower bags every time you mow.
- Mulch mowing can provide up to 1/4 to 1/2 of a lawn’s fertilizer needs.
- GrassCycling reduces the need for chemical fertilizers.
- Reduce peak season demand for organics collection, which helps keep utility rates down.
Mowing: Mulch mowing is best done on a frequent basis and when the lawn is not too wet. Cut no more than 1/3 of the grass blade and no more than 1" at a time. Keep mower blades sharp to keep grass healthy and prevent browning and raggedness. Mow in a different direction every time. Mow it high - grass is healthiest at 2”-3”.
Another way to save: shrink your lawn. In areas where your lawn does not grow well, consider replacing grass with trees, flower beds and vegetable gardens.
Watering: Water early in the morning to reduce evaporation. Water deeply and less frequently - about an inch per week. Add mulch to use less water and fertilizer.
Fertilizing: Choose only organic fertilizers and avoid over fertilizing. Over fertilizing makes grass demand more water and it grows faster, which creates more work for you. A simple recipe for northwest lawns - aerate, add compost and dust with lime.
Do I need a special lawnmower?
Mulching mowers are designed to cut grass differently than a bagger or side discharge type. They have special blades and deck designs that finely chop the grass clippings before falling back into the lawn.
There are mulching blades that can be added to a regular mower; however, they are not as effective at mulching the grass into fine pieces. Electric mulching mowers can also help reduce air pollution. Push reel mowers use no gas or electricity and work well, too!
No. Thatch is made up of roots and stems and is caused by unhealthy lawn practices, not mulch mowing.
No. There are many causes of lawn disease; mulch mowing is not one of them. Improper watering and fertilizing are the primary causes of turfgrass disease.
No. Grass will not clump as long as you don't mow when it's too high or too wet. When you use a mulching mower and clip grass short (1/3 blade, less than 1"), they decompose quickly.
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