Mowing grass is synonymous with summertime, warmth and of course, grass clippings. And while many people spend countless hours bagging up and disposing tons of grass clippings, is it really necessary? According the Tarrant County Horticulture Office, residential solid waste increases 20 to 50 percent during the spring and summer seasons because of grass clippings.
According to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in Connecticut, a half-acre lawn in New England can produce up to 3 tons of grass clippings each year. That’s roughly 260 bags that take up space and energy in landfills. In addition, according the University if Idaho College of Agriculture, grass clippings can account for nearly half of a community’s solid waste during the summer months. Because of this unnecessary nuisance, many landfills across the country have banned them from clogging up their collection sites.
According the many state departments across the country, bagging and then disposing grass clippings is complete waste of a recyclable product. Many departments have implemented the “Don’t Bag It” program, which promotes the use of grass clippings as compost and natural fertilizer. The University of Idaho College of Agriculture emphasizes that grass clippings are far too valuable to waste. And contrary to popular belief, grass clippings do not contribute to thatch problems. If the land is mowed properly, the clippings will be short enough to decompose in the lawn quickly.
By leaving the grass clippings where they are when mowing, the clippings then feed the soil organisms and recycle plant nutrients. In the end, water is conserved and less fertilizer is necessary to keep grass green and beautiful.
Composting, another beneficial way to recycle grass clippings, is highly recommended as well. In 2010, the EPA found that grass clippings were recovered in 57.5 percent of recovered compost, which is a 45.5 percent increase from the 90s. Wright’s Grass Gobbler is the ultimate grass catcher and is a great way to collect grass clippings for composting purposes.
But regardless of how you recycle the grass clippings, bagging is ultimately considered to be a waste. Mowing with sharp blades is the best way to utilize grass clippings as both fertilizer and compost. Wright builds all their mowers with top of the line blades that are both sharp and adjustable for the perfect cut. So you know while you’re mowing for a beautiful lawn, you’re also recycling. It’s the best of both worlds.