What To Do With Grass Clippings: 5 Useful And Creative Reuses
Mowing the lawn is an essential part of yard care. Plus, now that the weather is getting warmer, you’ll have to do it way more often. But this chore doesn’t end with just mowing. If you’ve got a lot of ground to cover, you’ve also probably got a lot of grass clipping to deal with afterward. And while it bagging them in trash bags and throwing them out may seem like the best route to go, there are actually better things you can do with all those leftover clippings. Grass clippings can be reused in a bunch of different useful ways around your home. That’s why today we will show what to do with grass clippings.
Who knew grass clipping can be so useful?
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What To Do With Grass Clippings
Who knew grass clipping can be so useful? After you’ve mowed your lawn, it’s time to deal with the clippings. But what are you supposed to do with them? Well, instead of making a ton of waste, you can easily repurpose them. Instead of spending an unnecessarily long time bagging them in plastic, you can use this natural “waste” to your benefit. Just do not use clippings that have been treated with any pesticides or herbicides. So, let’s check out some of the nifty things you can do with your clippings.
Mowing the lawn is an essential part of yard care
#Let them be
Who said you need to do anything with your clippings? Instead of raking them up, just let them be. Throwing them away may be stripping your lawn from some well-deserved nutrients. Since clippings break down quickly they are free fertilizer for your grass. Your lawn will be getting all the good stuff: nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus. Leaving the clippings also helps to retain moisture in the ground, which is especially helpful during the hotter months. Clip only one-third of your grass blade for this to be useful. Longer clippings won’t decompose as quickly, so they won’t be as effective.
Clippings break down quickly, so they are free fertilizer for your grass
Mulching your plants helps keep them warm during the cold weather, offers them extra nutrients, keeps moisture levels steady, suppresses weeds, and keeps the soil healthy. Grass clippings actually make wonderful mulch. So, use them around your vegetable garden or your flower beds. Just make sure to use dried clippings. This will ensure the plants can breathe. Just use a thin layer of clippings and you are good to go. You can also mix the clipping with some wood mulch for extra benefits.
Grass clippings actually make wonderful mulch
Composting is a great sustainable way to make a nutrient-rich soil amendment. It helps you get rid of a lot of natural waste, including grass clipping, and turn them into something useful. Adding compost to your plants is a wonderful way to give them a nutrient boost and help them grow healthy and strong. Grass clipping makes a great addition to your pile as they are rich in nitrogen, so it will break down quickly. Mixed in with some cardboard, paper, veggies scraps, and so on your compost pile will become rich with composting microbes.
Composting is a great sustainable way to make a nutrient-rich soil amendment
Most farm animals and certain house pets love munching on fresh grass. However, they also love grass clippings! Clippings make yummy silage, which is packed with protein. Silage is easier to digest than hay and farm animals like cows and sheep love it! While they can also eat fresh grass clippings, if you do have the time, definitely make silage. If you don’t have any farm animals, call your local farmers and see if they would like to take your clippings. Dried-out clippings are also a great snack for bunnies, especially when served with a sugar snap pea garnish.
Most farm animals love munching on clippings
#Turn them into tea for plants
Houseplants can’t get as many nutrients as plants in the ground can. That’s why it is recommended to help them out from time to time with some liquid fertilizer. And instead of going out and buying store-bought fertilizer, you can easily make your own with your leftover grass clippings. Take some of your clipping and steep them in water for a couple of days. Then strain and pour this wonderful tea into your houseplants. This will give them a nice boost of nutrients.
Make some grass clipping fertilizer
Now you know what to do with grass clippings instead of throwing them away! We hope you found this article useful. You won’t have to throw away bags upon bags of clippings and can instead put all that “waste” to good use.
Now you know what to do with grass clippings instead of throwing them away