There’s a lawn care myth that has had homeowners doing more work than is needed to keep their lawns looking good. If you believe it is necessary to bag up all of those grass clippings when mowing your lawn, you’ve been a victim of this myth. The lawn care experts at Ashton Walden are here to tell you it’s okay to let those clippings fly.
The Mulching Myth
The myth goes that continually letting lawn clippings accumulate on your lawn will cause a layer of thatch to develop that chokes out the grass trying to grow in your lawn. The truth is that most grass clippings are small enough to break down easily. They are made of mostly water, so they will break down and disappear rapidly. Unless you notice a layer of undecomposed grass and other organic matter building up and choking out new grass, you are safe to keep cutting without bagging and creating a natural mulch. We will add that if your grass is suffering from a fungus or disease, it is best to collect the cuttings to reduce spreading the disease or fungus to the rest of your lawn.
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Advantages to Spreading Your Grass Clippings
Grass clippings actually feed your lawn. All of the nutrients that your grass has used to grow is collected in the blade. Grass clippings contain nutrients like nitrogen and potassium that are found in fertilizer. Why throw that out? Leaving it on your lawn or even composting it and using it in other areas is a great idea. Grass clippings can actually provide as much as one-third of the annual feeding requirement for your lawn!