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Go Green: Inventive Uses for Your Leftover Yard Trimmings

There are few smells better than that of freshly mowed grass.

Despite its wonderful smell, though, there is one big problem with mowing your lawn, and that’s the lawn trimmings that are left over after you finish. Many people rake up and bag these trimmings, sending them on to the landfill. This isn’t the most eco-friendly practice to have, though.

If you want to go green and use your trimmings in a way that will help the environment, rather than hurt it, here are some inventive uses for your yard waste.

Mulch your garden

Organic waste always acts as great mulch for a garden, and lawn trimmings are no exception. Rather than bagging the lawn trimmings, simply rake them into the garden beds throughout the lawn. Using yard trimmings as mulch for your garden will also act as a weed repellent, which is another big benefit for doing so.

According to OrganicAuthority.com, any organic medium, including grass clippings, discourage weed seeds from taking root. So there’s no need to use harsh chemicals in the garden anymore.

Create a compost pile

Creating a compost pile is a similar use for lawn trimmings to using them with mulch. Rather than putting the grass clippings directly in the garden, though, composting allows the clippings to become a soil conditioner instead. This conditioner offers plants more nutrients and helps retain moisture in the soil.

According to RodalesOrganicLife.com, building a compost heap is easy. Simply take a carbon-rich “brown” material, such as straw, and top it with the grass clippings. Then, add some soil, more straw, and moisten the mixture. While doing this, organic kitchen waste can also be added to the pile to make the compost richer.

Donate to a compost collection center

Not everyone wants to create their own compost pile. If you are one of these people, then consider donating lawn trimmings to a local compost collection center. Many communities have public and private compost areas that will be happy to recycle any unwanted greens. Some of these organizations might even give donors access to the nutrient-rich soil that is a result of grass clipping donations.

Consider grass-cycling

Grass-cycling is a method of recycling grass clippings that might be the most appealing to those who don’t want to rake and bag the leftovers from mowing. The method involves leaving the grass clippings right where they are, allowing them to decompose and nourish the freshly cut grass.

According to University of Illinois’ This Land program, grass clippings are a great organic source of nutrients, especially nitrogen. Because of this, it is the perfect way to keep any lawn healthy and green.

It is becoming more common for communities to refuse to pick up lawn clippings as part of an effort to reduce the amount of yard waste in landfills. There are a variety of ways to use your yard trimmings instead that will help improve the environment and your yard.


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