Depending on the size of your yard, you may have a substantial amount of grass clippings leftover after mowing the lawn. While most homeowners simply dump them in a discreet area, such as the adjacent woods, there are other possible applications for grass clippings.
So, the next time you mow your lawn, consider the five following ways to use your grass clippings.
#1) Turn Into Compost
Grass clippings are the perfect ingredient for a compost bin. They consist of silica, cellulose and other organic compounds that, when broken down, help create nutrient-rich fertilizer for plants.
If you have a compost bin set up in your yard, mix in grass clippings for added nutrients. As the clippings degrade, they’ll release their nutrients while creating rich compost in the process.
Another idea is to use grass clippings as mulch. If you discover weeds emerging through your flowerbeds, try sprinkling a layer of grass clippings over them.
Like other types of mulch, grass clippings will block out the sun, thereby preventing weeds and other unwanted plants from growing.
And because it’s readily available, this is an inexpensive way to touch up your flowerbeds.
#3) Add to Container Plants
If you have container plants, try adding some grass clippings to them. How does this help exactly? Well, container plants are prone to weeds just like flowerbeds.
Any exposed surface area of the soil offers a medium through which weeds or other invasive, unwanted plants can thrive. By covering this exposed surface with grass clippings, you’ll prevent this from happening.
#4) Animal Feed
A lesser-known use for grass clippings is animal feed. If you own goats, horses, cows, rabbits or other farm animals, see if they are interested in grass clippings. It’s a natural, nutrient-rich food that makes the perfect livestock feed.
With that said, you should only use it as livestock feed if you’re 100% sure that it doesn’t contain pesticide, herbicide, chemical-based fertilizer or other chemicals.
#5) Leave Them
Finally, you can always leave your grass clippings on your lawn. Some homeowners assume that they must bag their grass clippings and dispose of them elsewhere, but this isn’t necessarily true.
On the contrary, ejecting the clippings back onto your lawn improves moisture retention and encourages a healthier, greener lawn.
These are just a few things that you can do with grass clippings.
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