How to Recycle Grass Clippings

Published 05/01 2014 03:58PM

Updated 05/01 2014 05:07PM

Before we know it, our yards will need mowing on a regular basis. Instead of composting or bagging clippings, there's an easy way to recycle grass.

The Broome County Division of Solid Waste is asking people to practice grass recycling as you trim your lawn.

It certainly is easy. All you have to do is leave the clippings where the mower spits them out.

"For grass recycling generally we recommend that you remove the top-third of the grass. You want to alternate the direction in which you mow your lawn each time. This will help to improve the spreading around of the grass clippings," said materials recovery manager Debra Smith.

Grass recycling saves the hassle of bagging or raking and it provides another benefit.

"Years ago people were afraid that it would cause thatch and cause more harm to their lawns. We have found though that you provide great nutrition back into the lawn itself and as long as you're really maintaining it and only taking that top third off there really hasn't been issues."

Using grass in your compost bin or sending it to the county-run composting facility can cause problems if you're not careful.

"Grass has a high moisture content and sometimes the large quantities can create issues when you're composting it. It's something that is easily handled by leaving it on your lawn. That is generally more beneficial than collecting it and having it go through the compost process."

People also need to be careful to balance the amount of greens in a compost pile with browns, such as dried leaves to help control how wet it is. Too much moisture can creates issues with insects and other things.

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