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Grasscycling is the natural recycling of grass by leaving clippings on the lawn after mowing. Grass clippings will quickly break down, returning nutrients to the soil. Grasscycling can:

  • Save you the time and energy to bag, rake and dispose of your clippings
  • Reduce the amount of fertilizer and water you need
  • Benefit the environment by reducing organic waste in the landfill

Grasscycling tips

Cut grass when the surface is dry and keep mower blades sharp. Follow the 1/3 Rule: mow your lawn often enough so that no more than 1/3 your grass is cut. This frequent mowing will produce short clippings that will not cover up the grass surface.

You can grasscycle with almost any mower (push, electric or gas). Mulching mowers cut grass blades into small pieces and force them into the soil. They are sold at most yard and garden stores, nurseries and home supply stores.

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Common questions about grasscycling

Will Grasscycling make my lawn less attractive?
Grasscycling can actually produce a healthier looking lawn. It is important to cut the lawn frequently to produce small clippings that will decompose quickly.

Does Grasscycling cause thatch?
Grass roots are the primary cause of thatch, not grass clippings. Thatch is made up of roots, stems, rhizomes and other plant materials. These materials contain large amounts of lignin (fibrous material) and decompose slowly. Grass clippings are about 80-85 per cent water with only small amounts of lignin, and break down rapidly.

Does Grasscycling spread lawn disease?
Poor watering and fertilizing has a much greater impact on the spread of the disease than grasscycling. If a desirable environment for grass disease is present, infestation will occur whether clippings are collected or not.