Monday, Jun. 6th, 2016
Green Things To Do With Extra Lawn Clippings
No matter how long the lawn was before you got hired to mow it or how short you cut it, you are always left with a mess of piles and piles of grass clippings. Naturally we tend to stick our grass clippings in a black plastic bag before bidding them farewell the moment our friendly sanitation worker hauls them away. Consider that last mowing your last time you send off this eco-treasure.
I know what you’re thinking because I’ve thought it too. How can a bunch of sticky grass clippings be a treasure? Well, when you choose to keep them rather than discard them like yesterday’s news, you can use them for one or two of these neat opportunities below.
Naturally Fertilize Your Garden
Most lawn care business owners know this, but for those of you who don’t you can get a pretty great fertilizing effect by letting the clippings decompose directly on the turf itself. Clippings can provide your client’s grass as much as ⅓ of the annual feeding requirement for their lawn. The best thing about this process is that it’s easy to do and if done consistently, it will infuse two pounds of Nitrogen into your lawn every 1000 square feet that it’s applied to.
Donate Clippings to a Local Compost Collection Center
You probably didn’t know this, but there are municipalities across the country that have yard waste collection drop-off spots. Why do they exist? Because organic matter ends up generating mad methane gases in the closed environment of a mass dumping ground, whereas when incorporated into a 100% organic collection facility, a nutrient rich soil medium is produced that makes plants stretch out their roots and live a long and healthy life. Click here to find a compost collection center near you.
Let Wildlife Feast on a Grass Buffet
If you’re a strictly organic lawn care business, meaning you stay clear of the chemical-based fertilizers and insecticides, then you have some delicious food for the rodent population in your neighborhood. Bunnies and mice love those tender blades of grass, as do larger animals like horses and cows. So if you’re not terribly enthusiastic about having little tyrants coming to your lawn where your veggies grow, how about donating them? Once you have a freshly-bagged lump of grass, take it to a local farm or petting zoo to help offset their food budget. It’s a win win for Mother Nature and her animal friends.
Make a Weed Barrier
Any organic medium distributed around the base of plants and garden beds – wood chips, cardboard, newspaper, etc. – is capable of discouraging weed seeds from taking root. Grass clippings are capable of serving a similar purpose. Just lay it on thick and feel triumphant in the knowledge that weedy invaders will be foiled.
We hope that you take advantage of these green friendly ways to get rid of grass clippings. TaskEasy firmly believes that if there’s something extra you can do to help the environment, you should get to it.