Grass clippings are a debated issue among all who care for lawns across Indiana. Is it necessary to bag them? Will it harm your lawn if you don’t? Today, our team at Greenworks Lawn Care will settle the issue once and for all.
Leaving the Clippings
First, lets discuss what happens if you leave the clippings on your lawn. Many homeowners fear that if you don’t remove them, they will lead to thatch; however, as long as you mow your grass regularly, that will not happen. But, there are downsides to leaving the clippings that you need to consider. They can easily be dragged into your home by pets, the wind, or you and your family members; and if they blow onto the road, they can be a hazard for motorcyclists. Finally, it’s important to be sure the clippings aren’t creating piles of grass in your lawn. Even small piles will choke out the grass below within only a day or two.
One final consideration to leaving the clippings is that they actually can be good for you lawn. Grass clippings are high in nitrogen, which is important for maintaining a healthy lawn. Thus, by leaving the clippings, you leave the nutrients on the lawn. Of course, you can add in these nutrients with fertilizer, but why not recycle what you already have?
Removing the Clippings
Removing the clippings will generally leave you with a cleaner, more beautiful lawn. However, the problem is that you then have a bag of grass clippings to deal with. If you have space on your property (like woods or a large garden) where you can dump the bag, then it’s not that big of a deal. Additionally, many gardeners are able to use the clippings for compost that is beneficial for their plants. But, if you aren’t able to recycle the clippings, then they will end up a in a landfill.
In the end, what to do with your lawn clippings comes down to personal preference. However, if you do choose to bag them, please dispose of them responsibly. For more tips like these, contact the lawn care experts at Greenworks Lawn Care by calling (317) 663-0222. We proudly serve the communities of Carmel, Westfield, Zionsville, Noblesville, Fishers, Geist, and Brownsburg, IN.