What is Grasscycling?


Grasscycling is a simple process where trimmed grass falls to the ground vs. getting bagged and thrown away. Grasscycling saves you time, money, and energy, and improves soil health.

Grasscycling offers the following benefits:

  • Improves lawn quality by returning nutrients to the soil as the clippings decay. Grasscycling can provide up to 20% of the fertilizer a lawn requires annually.
  • Saves you time and money because there is no need to bag, rake, and dispose of grass clippings.
  • Reduces fuel costs and air pollution associated with cars and trucks that haul the clippings to a compost site or landfill.
  • Grasscycling can be performed by any lawn mower, whether it be push, gas, or electric powered. The grass clipping collection bag should be removed if it is attached to your mower so the clippings can fall on the lawn. Be sure the mower has a safety flap covering the opening where the bag fits. You can purchase a safety flap at a local retailer if you do not have one.

Common grasscycling myths:

Myth 1: Grasscycling causes thatch. Thatch is a natural growth pattern of grass in which the stems and roots form a mat at and 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 2: Grasscycling spreads lawn disease. Lawn disease is affected by improper watering and fertilizing, not grasscycling.

Myth 3: Grasscycling makes your lawn look bad. Clippings dehydrate and decompose quickly once the grass is cut, and disappear from view. Grasscycling, along with proper mowing, watering and fertilizing, can improve the aesthetic of your lawn.