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Father Nature says "Mow it high! Let it lie!"

Fast Facts:

  • K-State Research and Extension recommends "grass-cycling" and their research shows clippings do not contribute to thatch. View their video on Kansas Healthy Lawns

  • Up to 25 percent of your lawn's total fertilizer needs are supplied by clippings left on the lawn.
    Clippings contain 80 to 85 percent water and decompose quickly.

  • Homeowners cut their average mowing time by 30 percent by not bagging clippings.

  • Besides saving time, you also save money by not having to pay for bags or extra hauling.

Larry, don't put those grass clippings down there!

recycle your lawnInstead, leave grass clippings on your lawn with a mulching mower. Grass clippings recycle valuable nutrients to the lawn; they filter down to the soil level where they compost. Mulch mowing grass clippings is recommended and supported by K-State Research and Extension. Mowing height is the key to success; by removing no more than one third of the grass blades at a time, grass clippings do not need to be removed.

Dumping grass clippings and leaves in storm drains is illegal and can result in a fine. Please report illegal dumping.

 

This project is a partnership between the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment and the Johnson County Stormwater Management Program.