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Tired of Dragging Your Grass? Try Grasscycling


June 06, 2011

Edmontonians can spend less time mowing the lawn and more time enjoying the summer. The solution is simple: leave your clippings on your lawn instead of bagging them.

This environmentally-friendly practice, called grasscycling, saves time and effort, and it’s better for your lawn. As clippings decompose, they return nutrients to the soil, help your lawn retain moisture and promote root growth.

To start grasscycling, there are a few simple instructions to follow:

  • Use any mower to grasscycle
  • Leave clippings on the lawn
  • Mow often, about every four or five days during the peak growing season
  • Keep mower blades sharp and at a height of three inches
  • Mow only when the grass is dry

During peak growing season, nearly half of all garbage picked up in Edmonton is grass clippings. Though they are composted at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre, it is more environmentally friendly to grasscycle, because it reduces how much waste is transported and processed. Households that grasscycle reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by more than half a tonne a year.

About 36 per cent of households are regularly grasscycling, according to a recent survey by the City’s Waste Management Branch.