Composting is a very effective method of using your lawn clippings rather than dumping them. Composting means that yard waste will decompose naturally and help to fuel the growth of your current lawn or in a compost bin. We’ll dig deeper into the differences between those two options below.
To compost grass clippings directly in the yard:
Start by mowing your lawn with a sharp blade but be sure not to cut down more than one-third of the lawn’s height at one time. In the cool months, you’ll want to keep those blades of grass to about three inches, and you can mow down to two for warmer months.
Studies show that if you mow frequently, about once a week during the prime growing season, you’ll only spend a third of the time mowing, even if it is more frequent. Once you’re done, leave those clippings where they lie. Conversely you can also use a lawn sweeper to pick them up and deposit them in a part of the yard you want to use for composting soil.
If it seems like they all landed in one area, use your handy rake to spread them out, and that’s it. It’s that simple. You just provided your lawn with extra food during its growth spurt.
To compost grass clippings traditionally in a pile or bin:
Follow the same mowing protocol we listed above. However, instead of letting your lawn clippings spread throughout your lawn, make sure to attach your collection bag. Once you fill the bag or are finished mowing, let those grass clippings dry out.
Then, after about two weeks, once it’s lost some of that moisture that can turn into mold and mildew, add it to your compost pile or compost bin. For every 30 parts of clippings you add, you’ll need to diversify with one-part brown material, i.e. paper, branches, and twigs, or brown leaves.
A key difference here is time. You’ll need time to dry out the grass and it’ll take more time for those clippings to decompose. With lawn composting, the clippings will decompose within a matter of weeks, but in a compost pile or compost bin, you’re looking at a matter of months.
Not to say that one is better than the other, as both are effective in producing the result you’re looking for. So, you’ll want to make sure to find a method that works best for you. You’ll want to consider your space capabilities and any regulations in place from your property owner or homeowners’ association.
Creating your own compost is an easy and inexpensive way to nurture your plants and lawn. No matter which method you choose to get there, the final product will add beneficial nutrients, naturally.
If a compost pile or bin is not possible where you live, you can always reach out to urban gardens for some space. Alternatively, you could reach out to local allotments that could take those clippings off your hands.
Hopefully, this information and these relevant tips can help you care for all the plants on your property and boost that curb appeal.