Green Glossary: Grasscycling
While much of the country is shoveling snow, some are tending lawns. Grasscycling, in the words of the California Integrated Waste Management Board CIWMB, is "the natural recycling of grass by leaving clippings on the lawn when mowing. Grass clippings will quickly decompose, returning valuable nutrients to the soil." The CIWMB explains that grasscycling saves time, money, and protects the environment for the following reasons: "Mowing time is reduced since the bagging and disposal of clippings is eliminated. Grass clippings add beneficial organic matter to the soil, which provides free fertilizer and produces healthy, green lawns. Grasscycling reduces turf grass fertilizer and water requirements, which can minimize toxic runoff entering storm drains and polluting lakes, creeks, and rivers."
"You can even mulch your lawn by grasscycling," writes Charles W. Bryant at HowStuffWorks.com. "Instead of bagging your clippings, simply mow and leave them on the lawn. They decompose quickly … This feeds your grass and reduces the need for fertilizer."
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