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Do you bag your grass clippings or let them fall?

Response Percent Votes
I let the clippings fall
75% 826
I bag my grass clippings
15% 169
I don’t have a yard to mow
8% 98
Total 1093


scopi_guy 3 years, 12 months ago

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.


spirit_level 3 years, 12 months ago

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.


RaynRavyn 3 years, 12 months ago

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. :)


Lee Eldridge 3 years, 12 months ago

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.


Ken Lassman 3 years, 12 months ago

Sig, 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


Sigma 3 years, 12 months ago

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.


RoeDapple 3 years, 12 months ago

In Lawrence? Pretty sure most of them get smoked . . .


mr_right_wing 3 years, 12 months ago

Come on down to the Grass Pad, The Grass Pad high on grass... for over 50 years now!


willie_wildcat 3 years, 12 months ago

We also use them when composting as well!


Multidisciplinary 4 years ago

Mr. Anderson, you forgot the "Snowflake" option that I guess I fall under. I have no idea what we do, the handyman takes care of that now! ;) Unless he hauls them off, I have a feeling we let them lay because I know they don't go in the cans, but I can see him taking them to his or someone's compost, he takes things from here to recycle, resell, reuse, he's the most green 63 yr old on the planet. I love this guy. I don't throw anything away with asking him if he's got somewhere he wants to take it. He usually does. ...but I don't ever recall seeing grass laying around. How funny, perhaps because there is no concrete for it to show?


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