Sunday, July 17, 2016

Grass clippings -- take the easy way out!



The grass is always greener when you leave it on the lawn!  That's the word from Vienna VA's newsletter, The Vienna Voice.  By leaving grass clipping on your lawn, you reduce unnecessary waste in landfills and protect your local waterways.  From the July 2016 issue of the Vienna Voice:

"The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that yard waste accounts for 18% of refuse dumped into landfills.  And when grass clipping ans excess fertilizer enter the curb line and storm inlets, they eventually drain to our local streams and rivers.  This yard waste pollution contributes to excess nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus in our waterways, which can cause uncontrolled growth of algae and aquatic plants.  Excess algae causes deoxygenation of water and can have a detrimental impact on aquatic ecosystems, including on fish and other stream creatures."

What's the best way to leave grass clippings?  Let your grass grow to about 3 inches, and then mow only 1 inch.  Mow every 4 to 7 days, depending on rain.  This method (the one-third rule), helps the lawn to become healthier and develop a deep root system.

Leaving grass clippings is less work, better for the environment, and builds a healthy lawn -- win!win!win!

(Image from:  http://geelonglawnmowing.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Geelong-Lawn-Mowing.png)

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