Grasscycling is the natural recycling of grass by leaving clippings on the lawn when mowing. Grass clippings decompose quickly, returning valuable nutrients back to the soil.
Grasscycling saves time and money, and helps the environment. Mowing time is reduced since bagging and disposal of clippings is eliminated. Grass clippings add valuable nutrients and organic matter to the soil and produce healthy, green lawns. Grasscycling reduces turf grass fertilizer and water requirements, which minimize chemical runoff entering storm drains and polluting creeks, rivers, and lakes.
Grasscycling also reduces the amount of yard trimmings disposed in landfills. Research has shown that lawns generate approximately 300 pounds of grass clippings per 1,000 square feet annually. This amounts to 6 1/2 tons per acre each year. Grass clippings are too valuable to throw away, and grasscycling allows reuse of this green material in our urban landscapes.
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Informational Materials from the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)
- Our grasscycling brochure, Grasscycle! Make the Most of Your Time, Make the Most of Your Lawn, is available in English or Spanish.
- A Grasscycle Public Service Announcement (PSA) is also available.(YouTube, 00:00:45) (1999)
- Reusing Turfgrass Clippings to Improve Turfgrass Health and Performance in Central and Northern California
- Reusing Turfgrass Clippings to Improve Turfgrass Health and Performance in Southern California
- Best Management Practices to Reduce Production of Organic Materials in Landscape Plantings