What is Grasscycling and Why Is It So Important?

April 10, 2018
Categories: Garden

There’s a new lawn care buzzword floating around and if you haven’t heard it before, it might sounds a little crazy at first.

What’s the word? Grasscycling.

Have you heard of it? It may sound strange, but it’s actually a very simple process for maintaining a healthy lawn that requires less time than the traditional method for mowing your lawn.

It’s better for your grass, eco-friendly, and easier? I think it’s safe to say we’re all in!

Here’s what you need to know about grasscycling

  • Many people believe that grass clippings left on a lawn can smother the grass that is beneath it - not true! In fact, the leftover clippings are actually great for your grass and can help promote a more healthy lawn.

  • Grass clippings act as a healthy and completely natural layer of fertilizer. They help build the soil, which then helps retain more water, promote deeper roots and provide a healthier lawn.

  • All you need to do in order to start grasscycling is simply let the grass clippings fall while mowing rather than bag them up.

And really, that’s it. That’s right - grasscycling is great for your lawn and it requires no extra effort on your part. Win-win!

Of course, there are always a few more things you can do to help promote a healthy and lush lawn.

Here are a few more tips to help you maintain a beautiful yard:

  • Be sure to cut your grass when it’s dry. Wet grass won’t stand up evenly and will lead to a choppy finished product. Wet grass clippings also won’t disperse as evenly as dry ones will, which will reduce the benefits of grasscycling. Also, if wet, they’ll get stuck on the sides of your mower.

  • Only cut the top ⅓ of your lawn. If you cut your grass too short, it can get burned by the sun and quickly die. Slightly longer grass tends to be much healthier in the long run.

  • Vary your mowing route. If you use the same path every time you can wear the turf down in your walking pattern. Mix it up a bit to prevent any issues.

  • Remember that the more shady areas of your lawn need less water. If you water your entire lawn evenly, you can end up overwatering some spots and underwatering others. Pay attention to the level of sun in each area of the lawn to ensure proper watering levels.

  • Don’t forget to aerate and top dress your lawn. Aeration and topdressing is recommended twice a year - in the spring and again in the fall. Aerating your lawn allows air to circulate to the roots and helps to break up any compacted soil. Topdressing with compost builds the soil.

And finally, here are a few other resources for even more information about grasscycling and promoting a healthy lawn.