Grass-cycling is actually pretty easy to do and it will help you have a healthier lawn than all the chemicals and fancy machines and gadgets you probably have accumulated in your garage. There are additional benefits to be appreciated when you commit yourself to grass-cycling. Philip Brown, lover of green, healthy lawns has shared his knowledge on Grass-Cycling below. Check out his tips then add your suggestions & ideas in the comment section.
Grass-cycling, also referred to as mulch growing, is simply leaving the grass cuttings on the lawn to feed the soil rather than using the bag attachment to collect the grass and remove it to a waste receptacle. When you allow the clippings to remain on the lawn, the eco-system, which includes earth worms and other microorganisms, works to help the grass roots grow longer and deeper into the soil. The deeper roots also help make the grass drought resistant. Source: Wikimedia Commons
This “closed” eco-system also protects the lawn from plant diseases because the plants, bugs, and microorganism all work together to create a balanced eco-system; essentially a closed “circle of life.”
All you need to do is put away the collection bag, set the mower blades at 2” to 2.5” height, and adjust the blades every 5 to 7 days. If you have a mulching mower, good for you! Use it wisely. The longer grass length will shade the roots from the harsh light and heat of the sun and effectively “hide” the clippings from view.
Keep this one thing in mind when you are grass-cycling: DO NOT MOW WHEN THE GRASS IS WET! If you do the grass will clump together and totally defeat your purpose to protect and feed your lawn. Also, the wet clumped together mess is rather unsightly.
Why should you care? Well, other than the fact that your lawn will grow long and green with no ugly brown patches here and there and you won’t need to water as often, it’s also greener for the environment (grass clippings don’t contribute to fertilizer runoff or nutrient pollution) and greener for your wallet to boot. I don’t know about you, but I prefer the word “free” to the word “fee.” Using grass clippings instead of excess fertilizer will quickly help you cut your lawn care costs.
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About the Author: Philip Brown is a lover of green, healthy lawns. A former lawn care services professional, Philip now spends his time sharing what he knows with others and blogging about it at The Lawn Enthusiast.