The leftover grass clippings from mowing can often feel like an extra task to do at the end of a long day in the garden. However, it does not have to become a burden! Whether you just leave your clippings or bag them for the tip, there are a few simple ways you could use them to benefit your lawn. Read along as we explain the various methods you can take to handle those grass clippings and improve the health and longevity of your lawn.
You might have heard time and time again that grass clippings act as a great mulch… but how does it work? Well, if your clippings are finely chopped, they will break down quickly and enrich your lawn with nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus (essentially all the good stuff!). These 3 elements are key for healthy plant growth. The best part is that Stiga mowers are designed to finely cut through grass so you might as well incorporate this next step and let our mowers do the rest!
Even by just leaving your clippings on your lawn they will break down naturally. Just make sure to spread the clippings evenly so that they aren’t too bunched, letting your lawn access all the water, sun and oxygen it needs to grow healthily.
We have all made the trip to the tip to drop off our lawn waste and never looked back. But by doing this we are contributing to the already overflowing landfill. Like all plant waste, grass clippings decay and produce methane in the process - contributing even more to air pollution.
If you don’t already have your own composting system, look into whether your area offers a local composting initiative. This way of disposal enhances local soils and supports local food production and farmers who often use compost in place of chemical fertilisers.
As already mentioned, grass clippings can be repurposed as a natural pathway cover in your garden. They provide a soft and cushioned surface while suppressing weed growth. Spread a thin layer of clippings on walkways, and remember to refresh it periodically.
While most of these tips have been about what you can do with your clippings, there are a few adjustments you can make to how you mow that will result in less clippings to begin with! By mowing more frequently you will have smaller quantities of clippings at a time and by removing just under one-third of the grass height, you can avoid excessive clippings.
Overall, there is always something you can do with your clippings, it’s just a matter of finding what works best for your lifestyle. Remember, the choices you make after mowing can have a lasting effect, turning what might seem like waste into a valuable resource. So, let your lawn clippings work for you and the planet – a true win-win situation! If you have any questions, Stiga is here to help. To learn more about which mower suits you best, chat with our team or head to your local Stiga dealer today!