Grasscycling - Cut and Leave it

Grasscycling - Cut and Leave it

Did you know that grass clippings have a lot of nutrients that add to the soil organic matter and supply part of the fertilizer needs of your lawn?   They do.

Getting Started
Instead of bagging those grass clippings, why not recycle them on your lawn by using either a mulching lawn mower or getting a mulching blade for your lawn mower?  It’s a lot less work.

If you use a lawn service, they may already mulch for you, and if they don’t you can ask them about making it a part of the service you receive.

Helpful Tips
1)
 
Implement a mowing schedule to keep the lawn short which should filter through the grass that is growing and not create a mat on top of the lawn.

2) Lawn grasses need roughly 1 inch of water per week through the growing season. Fertilizing and watering beyond the requirements of the grass may not be beneficial to your lawn.  The result can be increased production of grass clipping and potential ground or surface water pollution.

3) Cut the grass higher during hot spells.  It shades the soil and taller grass has longer roots.

4) Use sprinklers in the early morning when there’s less wind to blow the water and less sunlight to evaporate it. Morning watering also discourages pests and disease by giving the lawn the rest of the day to dry.

Summary
Waste reduction is just as important as recycling.  You help when you reduce waste created by grass clippings, which can be as much as 1/3 of the waste generated in towns and municipalities.

If you must dispose of your grass clippings, do not throw them in the garbage.  Check the recycling and garbage collection calendar for collection in your part of town on the Ridgefield Park website at:
https://www.ridgefieldpark.org/department-public-works/files/dpw-collection-schedule

Remember, Grass clippings also can be used in a compost pile. The additional nitrogen grass clippings supply will help speed up the microbial process. However, large amounts of fresh clippings, all at one time, can create odor problems, so it is best to let the grass clippings dry out for a couple of days before composting. 

For more detailed information about cutting and leaving grass clippings, refer to Rutgers Cooperative Extension publication #FS389 about Minimizing Waste Disposal:  Grass Clippings at https://njaes.rutgers.edu/pubs/publication.php?pid=FS389