Tips for Successful Grasscycling
Many people treat their lawns like a "crop:" they overwater and over fertilise their lawns to encourage excessive growth. The "harvested crop" (grass clippings) is then bagged and disposed. Proper mowing, watering, and fertilising practices result in more moderate turf growth, yet still produce a healthy, green lawn.
Any time the lawn is mowed, the plant's ability to photosynthesise and to produce carbohydrates essential for root growth is decreased. To maximize photosynthesis and reduce turf stress, remove no more than one-third of the leaf at one time. If more than one-third of the leaf area is removed, root growth is temporarily slowed by the plant's inability to produce sufficient carbohydrates. If the lawn has been severely cut, the plant uses stored carbohydrates to produce new leaf growth. If the lawn is repeatedly cut too short, carbohydrate reserves will be depleted, weakening roots and predisposing the grass to weeds, diseases, insects, and drought injury.
Two common mowing mistakes are:
Many people mow their lawns too short
Letting the grass grow too tall before it is mowed
When to mow?