Removing grass clippings could be costing money in more ways than one.
Grass clippings add nutrients and organic matter to the soil
Grass clippings contain a significant amount of nutrients. With the common occurrence of heavy rains in New Jersey, in recent years, grass could use the help to maintain nutrients in the soil. This is especially true near the Jersey shore. The sandier the soil, the faster nutrients are lost with significant rainfalls.
Grass clippings help keep nutrients in the soil for longer periods of time. As grass clippings decompose, they add organic matter to the soil. Healthy levels of organic matter in the soil will make fertilizer (nutrients) more effective. Organic matter will help increase the intake of nutrients for grass, making a healthier, stronger lawn!
Not maintaining nutrient levels will lead to turf disease which could require a fungicide application, one of the more expensive pesticides to purchase, to resolve the issue. Areas that could receive an extra flow of water from heavy rains will be more susceptible to brown spots caused by disease. Downspouts or property lines that are sloped are common causes for this extra flow of water. This is why proper turf care is needed to maintain your lawn.
Is de-thatching needed?
Many believe grass clippings will increase the thatch layer. While grass clippings may contribute to the thatch layer, you would be surprised how fast the clippings decompose. The benefits of mulching grass clippings are too great to pass up. It’s recommended that core aeration is done every 2 years. By doing this, the thatch layer will not be an issue. In almost all cases, dethatching is not needed when core aeration is performed.
Helpful facts for proper turf care:
- For DIY homeowners, sharpen and clean your lawn mower blades at least once per year. Dull lawn mower blades will cause frayed ends to the tips of grass blades. These uneven, ripped edges open the door for fungus to come in and cause turf disease. After a while, dull lawn mower blades will cause odd patterns to the lawn, taking away from that curb appeal.
- Taller the grass, deeper the roots.
- Grass mowing height should be at least 3 inches. Not all mowers cut the same, settings could sometimes be higher than 4 inches. Typically, one of the highest setting on the lawn mower will give you sufficient mowing height. Dirt & Turf recommends 3.5” of actual grass blade height, starting from soil level.
- Watering schedule is also very important in maintaining a lawn. Please click here to learn more.
5 lawn care tips from this video:
- Overwatering will cause more problems, weeds and money.
- Watering in the middle of the day is not cost effective, the water evaporates quickly. The morning is best, giving grass plenty of time to take in the water. Watering at night is not recommended since it leads to long periods of moisture, causing fungus (disease).
- Do not mow too short.
- Use sharp lawn mower blades.
- Do not bag grass clippings.
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