Laidback Gardener Tip of the Day

Grasscycling Makes Lawn Care a Snap!

 août 9It isn’t necessary to bag lawn clippings after mowing a lawn. Just leave them where they fall. They’ll quickly melt into the turf where they’ll decompose and disappear from sight. And as they decompose, they feed the lawn. Free fertilizer? Who could complaint about that? Leaving the clippings on the lawn is actually an organic form of recycling and has recently picked up its own name: grasscycling.

But many gardeners fear that if they do not pick up the clippings, there will be too much thatch. Ah, thatch, that mysterious layer of dead grass interspersed with turf rhizomes and roots that poses such a problem for over zealous gardeners. The truth is that the more pesticides you apply to a lawn, the more you fertilize it with chemical fertilizers and the shorter you mow it, the more there will be. Whether you leave grass clippings on the lawn or not has nothing to do with it! Learn to treat your lawn with the respect it deserves (proper mowing habits and good lawn care) and you’ll find that thatch disappears all on it’s own.

Garden writer and blogger, author of more than 60 gardening books, the laidback gardener, Larry Hodgson, lives and gardens in Quebec City, Canada. The Laidback Gardener blog offers more than 2,500 articles to passionate home gardeners, always with the goal of demystifying gardening and making it easier for even novice gardeners. If you have a gardening question, enter it in Search: the answer is probably already there!

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