Want to learn a simple way to cut down on yard work and reduce your use of fertilizer and water? It’s called grasscycling and it’s as simple as letting the clippings from your mower stay on your lawn. There’s no need to rake after you mow.
Reduces need to fertilize – Nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, are returned to the soil. This reduces the cost and work of fertilizing. As well, it prevents fertilizer runoff from polluting lakes and streams.
Returns organic matter to the soil – The organic matter increases the ability of the soil to hold water. As well, the organic matter feeds earthworms which aerate the soil.
Reduces water consumption – The clippings act as mulch, protecting grass roots from the sun and reducing having to water your lawn as often. You save money and effort by not raking.
Reduces work – You don’t have to rake. And you don’t have to water or fertilize as often. There’s more time to enjoy our beautiful Saskatchewan summers.
Reduces pollution – Using a push mower reduces the amount of hydrocarbons produced by a gas-powered mower.
Increase your fitness – Get some exercise by using a push mower, use muscles ordinarily not used and enjoy the sounds of nature.
How to grasscycle:
- Mow your lawn regularly.
- Mow the lawn when it is dry.
- Remove no more than 1/3 of the length of the blades of grass.
- Keep the mower blade(s) sharp.
- Just let the mower spread the clippings evenly on the lawn. They will settle in quickly and will disappear in a day or two.
Help reduce the amount of grass clippings going to the Landfill.