Grasscycling does NOT contribute to thatch buildup. Thatch is caused by excessive growth from over-fertilizing, by allowing grass to get too high before mowing, or by incorrect watering. Too much thatch leads to uneven mowing, scalping, and drought stress. Research has shown that grass roots are the primary cause of thatch build up, not grass clippings.
Leaving grass clippings on your lawn can generate up to 25% of the lawn's yearly fertilizer needs and reduce the amount of time and money you spend fertilizing and bagging. Grass clippings supplement the nutrients in your lawn as they decompose, adding nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Lawns stay greener and healthier when clippings are left on them.
Did you know that yard clippings are the single largest contributor to California’s municipal waste? (15% of the waste stream).
It has been estimated that during the spring, summer, and fall, 75 tons of yard wastes go to the Larimer County (Pennsylvania) Landfill each day.
Did you know that a 40 by 100 foot lawn produces about 1,200 pounds - nearly 50 bags - of grass clippings each year? Think of the time, money, and effort it takes to bag all those clippings. Why go through all that hassle with it's not necessary? Furthermore, you throw away $75.00 of your tax money with those 50 bags because of unnecessary collection and disposal costs. You can have a health green lawn and lower your City's expenses by leaving grass clippings where they fall.
Did you know that grasscycling, reducing the need for fertilizer? It is an excellent source of nutrients; when you mow turf on a regular basis, clippings, which are mostly water, break down easily, returning nitrogen and other nutrients to the soil. If you leave the clippings on the lawn, you can reduce fertilizer needs by as much as one-third, plus save time by not having to make as many fertilizer applications.
The average home generates 60 garbage bags of grass over the summer.
Grass clippings decompose quickly - usually within 2-3 days because they are made up of 85% water.
Grass clippings protect your lawn's root system from heat and water loss.
Grasscycling saves water - grass clippings left on your lawn reduce water loss through evaporation.
Dried grass clippings can be used as a protective cover for gardens and shrubs, to reduce water loss and control weed growth.