Grasscycling is a simple process where grass trimmings are allowed to fall to the ground, rather than bagged and thrown away. Grasscycling not only saves you time, but it also saves money and energy and is beneficial to the environment.
Grasscycling has several benefits, including:
- Improves lawn quality by returning much needed nutrients to the soil as the clippings decay. Grasscycling can actually provide up to 20% of the fertilizer a lawn requires annually.
- Saves you time and money because the need to bag, rake and dispose of grass clippings is eliminated.
- Benefits the environment by recycling the grass clippings naturally and reducing fuel costs and air pollution associated with trucks that would normally haul the clippings to the landfill.
- Grasscycling can be performed by almost any mower, whether it be push, gas or electric powered. If your mower has a collection bag, it should be removed in order for the clippings to fall on the lawn. Be sure that the mower has a safety flap covering the opening where the bag usually fits. If there is no safety flap, you can purchase one from a local retailer.
Common Grasscycling Myths
Myth: Grasscycling causes thatch.
Thatch is a natural growth pattern of grass in which the stems and roots form a mat at and just beneath the surface of the lawn. This helps to protect the roots and preserve moisture. Studies have shown that the roots of the grass, not grass clippings, cause thatch.
Myth: Grasscycling spreads lawn disease.
Lawn disease is impacted greatly by improper watering and fertilizing, not grasscycling.
Myth: Grasscycling makes your lawn look bad.
Once the grass is cut, the clippings quickly dehydrate and decompose, disappearing from view. Grasscycling, along with proper mowing, watering and fertilizing, can actually improve the look of your lawn.