As you begin to enjoy the warm weather, you suddenly feel the urge to mow your lawn. When you are mowing your lawn, do you enjoy picking up the grass clippings? Instead of removing the grass clippings, try leaving them on the lawn. Surprisingly, grass clippings can help soil moisture and produce stronger roots. By doing this activity, it is called grass-cycling.
Best Time for Grass-Cycling
Grass-cycling is the process of leaving grass clippings on the lawn when mowing is finished, which helps recycle grass elements back into the lawn. During the spring season, the temperature is at a mid- 60 to 70 degrees. This is the best time for grass-cycling.
In order to achieve successful grass-cycling, the measurement for grass should be 2 to 3 inches tall after mowing the lawn. If you mow very tall grass, the grass clippings could be too long and form a pile of unpleasant grass hay. If you mow short grass, the grass clippings will be too short and will not be able to help your lawn. The best method for grass-cycling is mowing the lawn knowing that the clippings will be one-third of the grass height after mowing is completed.
- Mow the lawn when weather is not moist or rainy. Wet grass clippings will stick together and will not spread evenly over the lawn.
- Check to be sure you have sharp blades when mowing your lawn. Dull blades will create uneven grass clippings
- Mow your lawn frequently and leave the grass clippings between grass blades
Grass-cycling promotes the soil to have better nutrients and an overall healthier looking lawn. To learn more about grass-cycling and its benefits to your lawn, please contact your local Lawn doctor for further assistance and grass cutting tips.