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We also use them when composting as well!
Come on down to the Grass Pad,
The Grass Pad high on grass...
for over 50 years now!
In Lawrence? Pretty sure most of them get smoked . . .
I sometimes bag them, but most of the time I use the mower on mulch setting (no outlet, just keeps grinding the clipping up). I would mulch all the time but the thatch can build up too much seems like.
The JW had a good article discussing how thatch is not caused by grass clippings--here's an excerpt:
"That’s because people misunderstand what creates thatch. It is not the dead clippings from the lawn. Those largely decompose. Instead, thatch is more a symptom of yards that are overwatered and overfertilized. Basically, it is a sign that your lawn is growing too rapidly.
The way it works, she said , is that grass not only grows up. It also grows sideways, sending out runners or shoots. The lawn mower cuts what grows tall. But the sideways growth doesn’t always get cut and often times turns into thatch."
Sounds like you might be able to do less fertilizing, watering AND bagging on your lawn and still have a good looking lawn. Call the Douglas County Extension for details
Throw it in a city cart and the city picks it up. Poof it's gone.
Though this was the first year I mulched the leaves. Whew, much easier than bagging.
Ah, just run the horse, goats and chickens over it a couple of times, no clippings to worry about. I do have to say though, what DOES fall, mostly stays. :)
I always mulch my grass and let the clippings fall and the yard looks fantastic. But I also use the yard waste pickup service on a near-weekly basis. It's not just for grass. It's for weeds I pull from the flower beds, and small branches, and leaves both in the fall and the spring. When I get my compost bin installed that will cut down on some of this, but not all. I for one would miss this service if it ever stopped.
Never bag grass but use the lawn pickup service weekly until it starts getting really hot. Always have weeds and small branches and twigs and yard junk to put out on Mondays. Then again in early fall. They could probably do away with or pare down the service during the hot summer months.
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