Mulching Mower Grass Cycling

Benefits of Grasscycling

April 2, 2013

Have you ever wondered why your landscapers leave the cut grass on your lawn?

They are probably using mulching mowers and practicing grasscycling. Grasscycling recycles nutrients back into the turf by chopping clippings into fine pieces and distributing it into the thatch layer of the turf. The biological activity from the breakdown of the lawn clippings helps to reduce the thatch layer as well as providing optimal nutrient cycling.

Grasscycling can reduce synthetic fertilizer use:

When lawn clippings are removed, valuable nutrients and water are lost. Over a season, approximately 140 lbs. of lawn clippings are cut and removed per 1,000 sq. ft. The nutrient value (NPK) of the average lawn clippings is 4-2-.5. This means that approximately 3 lbs of Nitrogen is lost per season, and usually replaced with synthetic fertilizers. Using less synthetic fertilizer reduces fertilizer runoff into local creeks, rivers, and lakes, which helps protect wildlife.

Grass cycling is an easy way to make your landscape more sustainable:

Fossil fuels are used to transport clippings to a compost facility or landfill. Research has shown that lawns generate approximately 300 pounds of grass clippings per 1,000 square feet annually. This amounts to 6 1/2 tons per acre each year. Grass clippings are too valuable to throw away, and grasscycling allows reuse of this green material in our urban landscapes.

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