Many homeowners are under the impression that it is unhealthy to leave grass clippings on the lawn after mowing. We have some great news – under most circumstances, it is actually healthy for the lawn to leave the clippings. Now you can get to that post-mow relaxing sooner!
Clippings become natural fertilizer for your lawn. As they decompose, they release water and nutrients back into the soil and help your lawn to grow thicker and greener. Even though clippings are healthy, there are still some guidelines to maximizing their benefit for your lawn.
- Follow the 1/3 mowing rule. Never mow more than 1/3 of the total height of the grass at one mowing. Longer clippings can accumulate on the lawn and cause damage.
- Mower maintenance. Make sure your mower blades are sharp and provide and even, clean cut.
- Mowing pattern. Mow back and forth, rather than in one direction, for more even clipping distribution.
- Skip the rake. No need to rake, just leave the clippings where they lie and let nature do the work.