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If you care for a beautiful lawn on your property, this lawn is mowed pretty often in the main season. It falls just in this major period of growth to a lot of clippings, which must be accommodated, and if possible not with considerable effort and for expensive money at the local landfill. But as soon as possible in your own garden. Many a gardener has already come up with the idea to simply bury the lawn waste in the garden soil. However, there are more attractive ways to get rid of the cropped stalks:
Digging lawn waste is not such a good idea
If you bury the leftovers left by the mower in the garden soil, you are doing a lot of work with it - but it is not necessarily worth it. Because the cut turf straws rot under the ground, so with the exclusion of air much slower than anywhere else, where you could accommodate the grass clippings in the garden. And the other options also do a lot less work.
The properly maintained lawn uses its clippings itself
"Well maintained" means namely in the time of joyful growth, especially lawn mowing, often lawn mowing. Mowing is the most important care, and it is best for the lawn to mow very often, always cutting very little grass. Because a tremendous depth of cut, which downs the stalks almost down to the grass, moves the next cut into a pleasant distance, but is almost torture for your lawn. Actually every turf plant is damaged in such a cut, and they need different times to recover, so you grow up a really nice uneven lawn. However, if you mow at least every week during the season, more specifically, when your lawn has grown one to two centimeters, and even just take them one to two centimeters, not only does this make your lawn more beautiful: you can then cut too left directly on the lawn, where it rots and releases its nutrients to the ground. This is pure fertilizer for your lawn and also replaces the purchased lawn fertilizer.
"Lazy gardeners" afford a mulching mower
Unfortunately, if you do not have the time to give your turf such regular care, there is an alternative: mow your lawn when you feel like it, but use a mulching mower, a mulching lawnmower. This is how a mulching mower works and what it does with your clippings:
- A mulching mower is a normal lawnmower, at least as far as the cut of your lawn is concerned.
- The small difference: The grass clippings are not spent in a basket or is simply ejected as it is on the side.
- But the lawn cut gets a special treatment, with rotating knives that chop it really nice.
- Only in this condition is the clippings blown back to the lawn by the mulching mower.
- There it is distributed between the individual turf plants on the ground and is processed by soil organisms, which does the soil sustainably good.
- In this way, they can even improve the soil under a thinning lawn, as the important small animals are attracted to the nutritious plant mass.
- In addition, the microorganisms loosen up the soil during their work, so that the turf roots are well supplied with oxygen, also a prerequisite of good prosperity.
- In contrast to the usual lawn waste, the mulching mower treated on the lawn is not actually visible because it is too fine.
- Of course, the lawnmower with mulching function is not only something for working gardeners, but is generally recommended for the care of large areas where much clippings occur.
The cut blades of grass can also be added as a mulch layer directly to the garden floor, where they unfold their above-described loosening and fertilizing effect. However, only as a thin layer of two to no more than three centimeters, otherwise moisture accumulates in the mulch, which then begins to rot. If you choose a bed of very water hungry plants, the lawn mulch also has the advantage that it keeps the moisture in the soil, you will then need to water these plants a little less often. By the way, weeds also suppress the mulch layer, so the lawn mulch does well under a hedge where weeding is really no fun.
Clippings on the compost
If you've heard a lot about the "compost deterring grass clippings", then it's fine if you throw all the lawn waste on your compost as a big pile. But there are alternatives:
- They let the grass clippings dry a bit and then mix it with organic waste from the kitchen and with other plant remains, the coarser these are, the better.
- Or you can avoid the moisture-accumulating fouling by storing the dry branches from the last hedge trimming separately and mixing them under the grass clippings if necessary.
- A compost with lots of grass clippings in it should always be covered in the rain, so that the balance does not turn towards moisture.
- If your garden is big enough and you have time, you can also put the grass clippings in a separate composter.
- However, this Graskomposter should be located in a remote corner of the garden, he develops in between amazing smells.
- Now they give him two or three years time, then this compact collection of grass clippings has also turned into earth.
- Both methods develop a wonderful and fragrant humus that will provide your crops and ornamental plants with really good nutrients.
If you have excess power or just like to work with the spade in the garden, you could also make a grassy patch out of the lawn waste. To do this, they raise the planned area 20 to 40 cm deep and leave this soil next to the bed. Each lawn cut is placed thinly in the excavation area, then also comes a little bit thin from the lifted earth above it. When the next cut is due, layer a bit more soil into the pit and then thinly cut the grass, and then move layer by layer until the end of the season a hillside has emerged. If too much grass clippings occur, you would either need to increase the excavated area or process that grass clippings using any of the above methods. The stacked hillside gets a thicker layer of earth as a conclusion and may now mature over the winter. Next spring you can use this bed very well to grow pumpkin and similar fruits (melons, cucumbers, zucchini) on it in the following years, it is suitable for almost all vegetables.
Grass clippings are valuable plant material that you can use to enhance your lawn or garden soil, add to your normal or extra compost, or use to plant continuous rows of hillside beds. Only for one is the grass clipping too bad: To dig him in somewhere! Of course, there's another way to do it: you simply stop making grass clippings by turning your lawn into a beautiful flower meadow.