Grasscycling: What Are You Waiting For?
◦ It reduces your annual output of yard waste by as much as half.
But won't my yard look unkempt or trashy?
Three, Easy Steps
1. Follow the Rule of Thirds
When mowing your lawn, never cut off more the one third (1/3) of the grass's pre-mowing length. Doing so will most certainly create those unsightly mounds that suffocate your growing lawn. If you're like the average homeowner, this will mean you need to decrease the amount of time between mowings. A little extra work, but a small price to pay for the tremendous environmental savings.
2. Sharpen Your Mower's Blade Regularly
Sharpen the blade? What blade? For many homeowners, proper care of a lawnmower's blade is little more than an afterthought. A dull blade means your mower has to work harder, leaving rough-cut clippings that are dispersed from the mower in clumps. By sharpening your blade, you can ensure the clippings are spread out uniformly, for optimum nutrient return.
3. Look out the Window!
Believe it or not, lawnmowing is a spectator sport. If you're serious about grasscycling, the old once-a-week mowing schedule simply won't cut it. Grass growth rates vary widely with weather and season. If you really want to know when to mow the lawn, you have to watch it. If you don't mind getting strange looks from your neighbor, we'd even suggesting dragging the good old ruler out to measure it.
A Few Helpful Tips
◦ For best results, mow when the grass is dry to the touch. Wet grass means clumping.