5 Things to Consider Before Bagging Your Grass Clippings

The Benefits of Recycling Grass
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Nithya Ramanujam / sxc.hu

Every year tons of salvageable trash is thrown into the landfills and incinerators to manage our waste. This unnecessary fact is both saddening and environmentally corrupting. The incinerating of excess waste emits mass amounts of greenhouse gasses which in turn contribute to air pollution and unnatural climate changes. Adding recyclables to the landfills depletes our natural resources, takes up valuable space and simply 'uglies' up the world.

It is no secret that recycling is the answer to a cleaner and more environmentally balanced future. Recycling refers to the process of turning the old and unusable into something new and usable; it is the re-birthing of a product. Recycling extends the lifespan of the product and keeps it out of the landfills, the process also cuts down on the use of virgin materials and saves energy usage.

Statistics show that close to 65 percent of the trash we contribute to the landfills are in fact recyclable. Items such as cardboard and other paper products, glass, aluminum, electronics, food scraps and grass are among the recyclable items that are unnecessarily trashed by the tons every year. And yes, I did say grass.

Grass recycling or 'grasscycling' is the process of leaving grass clippings where they fall instead of bagging and throwing them away. It is a fact that a ½ acre of lawn can produce close to 260 bags of grass clipping annually. The bagging and trashing of grass is a complete waste of time, waste of money, waste of energy and waste of landfill space.

Grass recycling is a natural, eco-friendly method of lawn care that is catching on quickly as more people grow aware of the massive benefits this simple act can produce.

Benefits of Grass Recycling:

Produces a Healthier Lawn: Grass clippings fertilize the soil as the clippings naturally decomposes back into the earth and releases vital nutrients to it, this process produces a healthier more vibrant lawn.

Saves you Money and Time: Grasscycling is a money saver as you will be spending less money on commercial fertilizers and bags to collect your trash in. It is also a huge time saver as you will be mowing and bagging less often.

Water less Often: Grass clippings are made up of about 85 percent water, so when you recycle your grass you will not need to water your lawn as much. Organic grass water is fed to your fresh lawn as the grass decomposes.

Reduces Landfill Waste: This is an obvious one, if you are recycling your grass then it is not being thrown into the landfill. This simple act reduces tons of waste annually.

Multiple uses: Recycled grass can be collected and used in composts, mulches, gardens and other landscaping projects.

It is so easy to throw an item in the trash, that is the main reason why more people do not recycle. Recycling is hugely rewarding, though it does take commitment and time to get started. However, once you develop a love and appreciation for recycling and its benefits, it becomes part of your lifestyle. Grasscycling is probably one of the easiest forms of recycling because you really do not have to do anything. Just mow your lawn and let the clipping lay where they fall, both your lawn and the environment will thank you.

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