WHAT IS GRASSCYCLING AND LEAF MULCHING

It consists of mowing the lawn and leaving clippings where they fall.

Grasscycling?

  • Keep grass to about 8 cm, except the first and last cuts, which should be at 5 cm
  • Water sparingly, except with new lawns
  • Pull out dandelions by hand or cut them before they turn to seed

Leaf Mulching involves mulching leaves on the property and leaving them on the ground.

How to mulch leaves

  • Mow dry leaves, as soon as they begin to fall
  • Mow frequently: keep leaves from accumulating and hurting your lawn
  • Cut grass to 5 cm the last few times you mow, during the season
  • Use a mulching mower if possible

Warning: Do not grasscycle leaves that have tar spots: discard such leaves along with other green residue.

Grasscycling and Leaf Mulching Benefits

Six good reasons!

  • The environment: Grass clippings are an important source of methane (CH4), a powerful greenhouse gas. By leaving them on your property, you cut down on transport-related emissions.
  • Save on fertilizer: Rotting grass returns nutrients to the soil.
  • Moisturize lawn: Grass clippings help keep the ground moist, since grass is 90% water. This cuts down on watering needs and the risk of dryness.
  • Hardier lawn: Rotting grass clippings nourish microorganisms that are good for the soil and promote the decomposition of thatch.
  • Reduced waste volume: This also reduces pollution generated in landfills.

For you:

  • Cuts likelihood of lawn disease and protects ground from dryness.
  • Improves lawn quality. Grass clippings left on the ground provide natural fertilizer and water.
  • Lets you save on fertilizer and watering. Grass cycling is an excellent way of fertilizing your lawn for free.
  • Saves you time collecting and bagging grass and leaves.

Grasscycling and leaf muclhing myths

  • Residue left behind will adversely affect the visual appearance of the lawn.
    Resiudes are not visible on the lawn if mowing is performed in good conditions and the residue is not too long

  • Leaving the residue in place favors the presence of felt (thatch).
    Grasscycling and leaf mulching do not favor the presence of thatch since the residues are quickly broken down by bacteria and fungi in the soil.

  • The residue will end up everywhere in the pool and in the house.
    Residues decompose quickly and disappear within 24 to 48 hours after mowing.

  • The residue left on the ground causes damage to the lawn.
    If you do not cut more than a third of the grass blade at a time, the residue will decompose quickly and the lawn will not suffocate.