"Leaving grass clippings on your lawn is a win-win-win scenario. With no effort your grass is greener, your garbage is reduced, and the environment is enriched. Go Bagless! We do!” - Patricia McKendrick, President of the Edmonton Horticultural Society
“Grass clippings don’t contribute to a build-up of thatch since they contain essential plant nutrients; I just leave them on my lawn. Besides, fresh clippings are about 80% water—trucking ‘bags of water’ makes little sense!” ~ Jim Hole, Holes Greenhouses
When cut properly (leaving grass to a height of 6-8 cm and only cutting off the top 1/3 of the blade) clippings fall between the blades and are virtually unnoticeable
Clumping may result from cutting wet grass or cutting more than 3-4 cm of the blade. Mowing the area again from a different direction will help dissipate the clump
Grass clippings disappear within 3 days after cutting. Grass clippings are approximately 80-85% water, allowing them to decompose rapidly. It will take slightly longer for clippings to break down later in the growing season as temperatures and moisture content of clippings drop
You can't always go bagless. Prolonged wet weather or an infrequent mowing routine are situations where grass clippings should be bagged since you'll have long grass blades
It's OK to go bagless most of the time. It doesn't need to be every time you mow. If you do need to bag your grass occasionally, please help your collector by keeping bags under 15kg
Keep your grass clippings! They're an excellent addition to a backyard compost pile. They can also be used as mulch to provide weed control and prevent moisture loss around flowerbeds, trees and shrubs
Dandelions will not spread more when you Go Bagless. The same amount of dandelion seeds are dispersed when bagging compared to leaving clippings on the lawn. This is because seeds are dispersed as soon as the blade cuts the grass regardless of whether there is a bag present or not
Going Bagless can help prevent and reduce dandelions because it results in a fuller, healthier and nutrient rich lawn, which leaves less room for dandelions to germinate and grow
Mowing high (cutting to a height of 6-8 cm or the height of your pinky) helps to choke out weeds because it prevents sunlight from allowing weed seeds to germinate. A low cut lawn is more susceptible to dandelions
Mowing often prevents dandelions from seeding and spreading
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