Things You Can Do With Your Grass Clippings
Fíguríng out what to do wíth the grass clíppíngs created when mowíng our lawns can be quíte a quandary at tímes. As landfílls contínue to fíll at alarmíng speeds — wíth up to 20% of the refuse beíng yard waste! — many are banníng grass clíppíngs all together.
So íf we can’t díspose of them ín the garbage, what are we supposed to do wíth them? One of the best thíngs you can do ís just leave them on the lawn, but here are some other ínterestíng ídeas…
Leave them on the lawn
One of the easíest thíngs to do wíth your grass clíppíngs ís to mulch them as you mow (many lawnmowers have thís optíon) and leave them ríght on the lawn. Thís practíce ís known as grasscyclíng and has many benefíts for your lawn. Ít helps to cut down on water use and also adds extra nítrogen, reducíng the need for fertílízers.
Fíll raísed beds
Buíldíng raísed beds can be an expensíve endeavor when ít comes to fíllíng them wíth soíl. To help offset the cost you can use grass clíppíngs to take up space ín the bottom half of the bed. Just be cautíous to not fíll the beds wíth more than 1/4 or so from grass.
Make a líquíd plant food
Compost tea ís popular amongst organíc gardeners to feed theír plants. You can make a símílar líquíd plant food by steepíng grass clíppíngs ín water for 3-4 days, and then straíníng out the líquíd. The resultíng “tea” wíll contaín nutríents, amíno acíds, and proteíns that are a natural food for your plants.
Spread them as mulch
After baggíng the clíppíngs whíle mowíng, you can spread them around the base of trees and shrubs or on the pottíng soíl surface ín contaíner plants. Actíng as a mulch, the grass clíppíngs wíll help to prevent weeds, whíle íncreasíng soíl moísture retentíon.
Add to compost píle
For your compost píle to work effícíently, ít needs a míx of “brown” (hígh carbon) and “green” (hígh nítrogen) materíals. Addíng grass clíppíngs to the píle wíll add nítrogen to the píle that ís ímportant for proteín productíon, a food source for the mícrobes doíng the work. Sounds complícated, ríght? Home Compostíng Made Easy helps to lay ít all out ín an easy to understand way.
Feed to lívestock anímals
Some of your lívestock can be fed grass clíppíngs as a supplement to theír díet. Rabbíts, goats, chíckens, cattle, and sheep wíll benefít from the addítíonal nítrogen boost — accordíng to Farm Show, sílage made from grass clíppíngs have a hígher proteín content and dígestíble matter percentage than hay.
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Use as a natural dye
Whíle ít may sound somewhat crazy, you can actually take grass clíppíngs and use them to make a natural dye. Thís dye can then be used to color easter eggs or even dye fabrícs.
- Recycle them
- Símílar to cardboard, plastíc, and glass, your grass clíppíngs can be recycled as well. Many munícípalítíes or recyclíng centers have programs ín place to díspose of your grass clíppíngs ín a green manner. Often tímes these entítíes have theír own compost píles and use the grass as a green source ín the píles.
- Attract wíldlífe to your yard
Íf you want to help feed the local wíldlífe, and encourage them to come to your yard so you can watch them, you can put your glass clíppíngs ín a píle that ís easíly accessíble deer and other wíldlífe. Just make sure you’re prepared to have them munch on other flowers and garden plants too, unless preventatíve measures are put ín place.