Simple Summer Lawn Maintenance Tip
The warmer and longer days are accompanied by the familiar sound of lawn mowers everywhere. An immaculate and green yard is something many homeowners’ strive to achieve. Obstacles such as the weather, water restrictions, children, and pets manage to deteriorate efforts placed towards a well-thought out and healthy lawn. Some barriers may deter the accomplishment of rising to be the neighbor with the best lawn; however, a simple green technique is sure to extend the life and health of your lawn.
Attaching a bag to the mower to gather grass clippings to gather the pesky green blades that would otherwise be layered across your lawn is a common practice, yet counterproductive. Grass clippings should be left in place across the yard and used as a natural fertilizer as clippings decompose quickly and add essential nutrients to the soil.
Landfills throughout the United States are buried with grass clippings and other yard waste. 12% of the solid waste in landfills is solid waste; during peak seasons that number increases 50%. Taxpayers spend millions every year so waste management companies collect and transport yard waste to the landfill. This process is timely and expensive, considering the fact grass clippings and yard waste can be used as a natural fertilizer for lawns and gardens.
The best way to use grass clippings isn’t one way, but many. Grass clippings can be used to achieve an exceptional lawn.
- Keep a sharp blade on the mower. Sharp blades provide a clean cut, preventing insects and disease spreading throughout the lawn.
- Leave grass clippings as they lay, there is no need to collect them. Short clippings will soon fall into the deeper layers of the lawn.
- If desired, clippings may be used as mulch in flower beds.
- Mow grass when it is dry. Cutting dry grass provides a clean cut and disperses the clippings more efficiently.
- Wait at least three mowing sessions before using grass clippings as mulch if you have used herbicides throughout the yard.
Grass recycling brings an innovative green landscaping opportunity, using less in more ways than one.
- Less water is wasted since clippings assist the soil by retaining water and maintaining a healthy lawn.
- Less work on the lawn will be required since bagging is unnecessary.
- Less fertilizer will be needed to maintain a colorful lawn since grass clippings return essential nutrients to the soil
- Less waste is accumulated
As you prepare for your summer lawn maintenance and plans of an immaculate lawn begin to form, consider grass recycling as an alternative to traditional lawn maintenance. You may find that using less will garner a healthy lawn.