Lose the Bag and Leave the Grass Clippings on the Lawn! Mulching grass clippings rather than bagging them is the natural way to a beautiful lawn. Called Grasscycling, more and more residents are choosing to recycle the natural way and leave their grass trimmings on their lawns. Doing so helps enrich the soil beneath your lawn, because clippings decay rapidly and return valuable nutrients and water to the soil without any additional costs to you.
MAKE LESS TRASH - Up to 30% of what Arvada residents put in the trash during the growing season is yard waste which is predominantly grass clippings. You can significantly reduce your summer and fall waste just by Grasscycling.
ENJOY A HEALTHIER LAWN - GrassCycling is an easy way to a healthy lawn and a great way to recycle valuable nutrients for free. Clippings break down quickly and slowly release nutrients like Nitrogen back into the soil beneath your lawn.
SAVE WATER - Grass clippings left on your lawn will shade grass roots and help keep the soil cool. And because grass clippings are made up of more than 80% water, they return valuable moisture to the soil which means less watering for you to do.
REDUCE YOUR WORK - GrassCycling can drastically reduce the time you spend on lawn care by saving you from the hassle of bagging, raking and disposing of grass clippings.
SAVE MONEY - GrassCycling reduces the amount your hauler must collect, haul and landfill grass clippings.
Mow lawn when dry.
Keep mower blades sharp.
Follow the “1/3 Rule.” Mow lawn often enough, so no more than 1/3 of the length of the grass blade is cut and left on the lawn. Lawns are most healthy when mowed to a height of 2 ½ to 3 inches.
No special mower is needed. GrassCycle with any mower. Remove mower collection bag to allow clippings to drop on the lawn. If your mower does not have a safety flap covering the opening where the bag fits into the chute, then it is important that you purchase a retrofit kit from your hardware store.
If you use a landscape service, ask them to leave your clippings on your lawn.