Getting Rid Of Grass

Written by Jared Vincenti
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Once you've mowed your lawn, you still have to figure out what to do with your cuttings. Leaving them on the lawn can be unsightly, and the area will start to stink of mulch after a few days. In addition, grass cuttings tend to come out in clumps, and blades beneath cuttings will grow differently than grass in the sun. Therefore, it is in your best interest to get rid of your grass cuttings as soon as you can.

Disposing of Grass Cuttings

Many lawn mowers now come with attachments that collect grass cuttings. These large bags attach to the side discharge of the mower, and simply collect the cuttings as they come out. If you do not have one of these collectors, you can always simply rake your lawn after mowing to collect the debris. In either case, you then have to decide what to do with the cuttings.

Many cities and towns offer yard waste disposal services. On an assigned day, city garbage trucks will pick up leaves, grass cuttings, branches, and other waste products that come from landscape maintenance. This is often the easiest option, especially if you have limited yard space.

If you have the room to create a compost heap, though, this is a great way to put your grass cuttings to good use. Just collect all your lawn waste, as well as fruit or vegetable waste from the kitchen, and leave it out to decompose. These products break down quickly, and the resulting mulch is rich in organic matter and micronutrients. Homemade compost is a great fertilizer for gardens, and can even be spread over the lawn in the place of a mid-season fertilizer.


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