Why Grass Clippings Are Good for Your Lawn

Leaving grass clippings on the lawn after mowing is one of the easier ways to keep your lawn healthy. Doing so helps your grass and soil benefit from valuable nutrients often found in fertilizer - including nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium - since your lawn needs to be fed regularly.

Mowing regularly will also help the clippings to break down and vanish into the lawn quickly. With all the time we spend making our yards beautiful, it helps when the efficient method is also the beneficial one.

Consider using these tips the next time you mow to help leave your lawn looking great:

  • Keep your blade sharp and clean: Mower blades sustain a fair amount of trauma from rocks, branches and additional objects that can go unseen. If the blade goes without a good cleaning and sharpening, the grass will be ripped up rather than neatly cut. Once the blades become too worn or damaged by obstacles in the yard, your mower blade should be replaced.
  • Mow regularly and cut at the recommended height for your grass type: A common guide is the one-third rule: never cut more than a third of the grass blade when mowing.
  • Avoid mowing wet grass: Mowing when the grass is damp will cause the grass clippings to cling to the bottom of the mower, rapidly forming a soggy mess.
  • Inspect for disease: If you notice any sign of disease in your lawn, remove and discard clippings to avoid the spread of fungi and viruses.
  • Mow at the right time of day: It is recommended to mow mid-morning, as fresh cut grass is susceptible to disease. Mowing in the morning also allows the grass to adapt and restore before sunset. On the other hand, some experts say it is best to mow in the evening so the grass has 12 hours of darkness to heal before being hit with the sunshine again.
  • Practice proper seasonal lawn maintenance: After a long winter, spring is a crucial time to prepare your lawn for the upcoming seasons. Before you begin to mow, make sure you collect and remove twigs and leaves from your yard. As summer rolls around and the temperatures rise, be sure to keep your lawn properly watered. Finally, in fall, as leaves start to populate the yard, mow over them to create organic matter for your lawn.