Going Bagless or grasscycling means simply removing the bag from your mower and leaving the clippings on the lawn while mowing your grass. It is best practice to maintain a healthy lawn while saving yourself the time and effort required to bag the clippings.
- Mow high: Raise the height of your mower to medium range (on most mowers) and only cut off 1/3 of the length of the grass blades. Mow to the height of your pinky, or 6-8 cm (2.5-3 inches)
- Mow often: Mow often enough so that no more than 1/3 of the length of the grass blades is removed, about every 4 to 5 days during heavy growth season. When growth is slower (late summer and fall, or during a dry year), cutting once per week or less will suffice
- Mow when grass is dry: if grass is too long after prolonged wet weather, start with a higher cut and gradually lower it during successive cuttings
- Sharpen the blade: A sharp blade makes for a sharp looking lawn. Grass recovers more quickly when cut cleanly. There are many service locations across the city
- Prevent clumping: If there’s clumping from cutting wet grass or making too long a cut. Mowing the area again from a different direction will help dissipate the clump
Helpful Lawn Care Tips
Going bagless is only one part of maintaining a healthy lawn.
- Rake the lawn during spring yard cleanup to remove dead thatch
- Aerate the lawn periodically to allow nutrients, air and water to reach the grassroots
- Adequately water the lawn. Single deep waterings (25 mm once every 7-10 days ) are more effective and less wasteful than many light waterings