Can you use Grass Clippings for Mulch?

Every homeowner takes pride in how their home looks from the inside out and that means the lawn being well-manicured. Many homeowners take joy in working their flowerbeds, gardens and the lawn, but find that the mowed grass creates a huge waste. As such, many will ask their local garden nursery if they can use the grass clippings for mulch.

Grass clippings can fill the duty in and around your landscape, such as supplying nutrients to the gardens and the lawn. In fact, it is a method that has been done for years and enhances soil, preserves the moisture and prevents some weed growth.

Grass Clippings for Garden Mulch

Your lawnmower bag is where fresh or dried grass clippings are collected. Many cities and towns have a municipal compost facility where you can take yours. Or, you can start piling them up in an area that isn’t right next to your house and create a compost pile. Even better for the more laid-back gardener, just leave the mower bag off, allowing the clippings to fall where they may and do what they do. One of the most effective and simplest ways to give your yard nutrition is letting that grass clipping mulch.

There are several benefits to doing it the laid-back way. First, less work. Second, it keeps the root zone cool. Third, it conserves the moisture and fourth; it puts a quarter of the nutrients back into the soil. The clippings from turf grass contain large amounts of nitrogen which is a macro- nutrient every plant needs. Therefore, using your grass clippings in your garden is a great way to use the refuse.

Tips for Grass Clippings Mulch

Now, while it is perfectly fine to let those grass clippings make mulch and leave them where they are, you also can have too much of a good thing. Experts recommend only using ¼ inch thick layer so that the grass can begin to break down before it starts to smell and rot. If you leave it too thick, it will stay too wet, and this can grow mold and begin to smell. Grass clippings are great for lining your garden paths, too. This keeps the mud down and prevents the weeds from growing in exposed dirt areas.

It won’t hurt to stop by your local nursery and bring a sample of your grass clippings. There are some grasses you don’t want to use as a mulch, and they will be the experts to tell you that.