Is It Bad To Leave

Grass Clippings

In The Yard?

Leaving grass clippings on your yard can actually be beneficial and isn't inherently bad. When you leave grass clippings on the lawn after mowing, it's known as grasscycling. This process allows the clippings to break down and decompose, providing several advantages: 



Grass clippings contain  nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Allowing them to decompose  on the lawn returns these nutrients to the soil, acting as  a natural fertilizer. 



Clippings act as a natural mulch, retaining moisture in the soil. This can reduce the need for frequent watering, especially in hot or dry conditions.  



As the clippings decompose, they contribute organic matter to the soil, enhancing its structure, improving microbial activity,  and encouraging earthworms. 

However, there are a few things  to keep in mind when it comes  to grass clippings:


Clipping  Size

If the grass clippings are too  long or too thick, they might form clumps that could smother the lawn, blocking sunlight and air.  This could lead to patches of  dead grass. 



Regular mowing that removes only a third of the grass height each time is ideal for grasscycling. Infrequent mowing or cutting too much of the grass at once can result in excessive clippings. 

Overall, leaving grass clippings on the lawn can benefit the health of your yard, as long as it's done properly and the clippings are spread evenly to decompose quickly without causing issues like clumping or smothering.  

Eichenlaub can help you with your landscaping needs. We have the trained and certified personnel, experience, knowledge, and equipment to cultivate a thriving environment on your property. Our comprehensive care allows you to enjoy your landscape, secure in the knowledge that we are attending to  its needs. The right tools in the right hands is the Eichenlaub difference.