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Save Time and Money: Grasscycle!

Grasscycling means leaving your clippings on the lawn, to break down and feed the soil. Studies show that grasscycling doesn’t cause thatch, but does improve lawn rooting depth, disease and drought resistance, and provides free fertilizer. You save money on water and fertilizer, and save the time it takes to bag and drag clippings to the curb.

 

Grasscycling Tips

  • Leave the bag off your mower and let the clippings drop – earthworms will recycle them!
  • Mow when the grass is dry, and keep mower blades sharp.
  • Raise mowing heights or mow more frequently during fast spring growth.
  • Water and fertilize less – save when you grasscycle!

Shopping for a new mower? Choose a “mulching” mower. You can learn more about mowers, grasscycling and all your lawn and garden questions by calling the Garden Hotline at 206-633-0224 or emailing help@gardenhotline.org or visiting www.gardenhotline.org.