Q: Should I bag my clippings or leave them on the lawn after mowing?
Grasscycling is the natural recycling of grass clippings by leaving them on the lawn after mowing. It saves time, effort and, when done properly, is good for the environment and health of the grass. According to one study, the time can be reduced by 35 minutes for each mowing. Grasscycling aids soil fertility because clippings rapidly decompose, returning nitrogen and other valuable nutrients to the soil.
Q: Define “Proper Mowing”?
Proper mowing is the key to successful grasscycling. All mowers can be “grasscyclers,” and no special equipment is needed. However, some manufacturers sell mower attachments that chop clippings into finer pieces and can improve a mower’s grasscycling performance. Proper mowing means:
- Cutting the grass at the recommended height
- Maintaining a sharp mower blade
- Mowing when the grass is dry
- Mowing often enough to remove no more than one-third of the plant height
Q: Do clippings lead to thatch?
It has been a commonly held belief that grass clippings were a major cause of thatch, and that removing clippings would slow thatch development. Research has determined that thatch buildup is caused by grass stems, shoots and roots – not clippings.
Q: When do I fertilize my lawn this summer?
A fertilization program should be based on lawn needs, maintenance practices, and desired appearance. The turf variety will determine your specific “fertility schedule.” Visit the NGTurf.com Resources Page and download the UGA Lawn Calendar to begin your quest for the Lawn Of The Month in your neighborhood.