To Bag or Not to Bag

It’s a common misconception that grass clippings must be removed in order to have a healthy lawn. In fact, quite the opposite is true when grass recycling is done correctly. Consider these known facts about grass clippings: They can return valuable nutrients to the lawn (up to 15% of your lawn needs for healthy growth) They’re made up of 80% to 85% water and decompose quickly. Research shows that they don’t contribute to thatch. By not bagging clippings, you can decrease your average mowing time by up to 30%. Not bagging clippings helps to save valuable landfill space. The trick is not to overdo it. Remove no more than 1/3 of the grass blade each time you mow and always mow when your lawn is dry. This will prevent clumping and make it easier for clippings to filter down to the soil. And if possible use a mulching mower. This will chop the clippings into fine pieces for an easier breakdown.