3 Uses for grass clippings


Grass makes good compost with its rich nitrogen base. Because of its high moisture content, grass tends to compact and, as it becomes soggy, it starts to stink. To counter the compacting tendency of wet grass, use thin layers of grass in your compost pile/bin separated with dried leaves. The dried leaf source requires advance planning as you will need to save bags of leaves this fall to use in compost grass clippings the following cutting season.

Another option is to leave the grass clippings on the lawn for a couple of days. Assuming its sunny those two days, the grass will dry some and then can be raked and placed in the compost bin so you can skip adding dried leaves. Perhaps the most common method of dealing with the moistness of grass in the compost bin is to relegate yourself to the task of tossing the content at least once a day until the grass dries.


A thick layer of grass clippings can restrict weed growth. Place the clippings around plants or trees. The grass will decompose, adding nutrients to ground.

Grass Cycling
Push mower returns clippings to the lawn
Grass cycling is as simple as cutting the grass and then leaving the clippings on your lawn. The grass clippings will decompose, releasing their high nitrogen content to fertilize the lawn.

This approach to handling your grass clippings requires the use of a mulching mower on dry grass. The design of the mulching mower's blade keeps the clippings circulating underneath the mower, chopping the clippings into tiny pieces. It is suggested that you cut the grass when it is 3 inches high, cutting off 1 inch. This means mowing approximately weekly.

You can see that by using the grass cycling method of dealing with your grass clippings that you save the labor of bagging save on plastic bags, and even save the environment by not dumping more into landfills.