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Don’t Bag Those Clippings!

It’s a question we all face when mowing: Should I bag my clippings or leave them on the lawn? In most cases, the answer is easy: Leave the clippings on the lawn! Leaving the clippings will saves time and energy, which allows us to provide discounted service, and it will return valuable nutrients to the lawn.

Like Free Fertilizer

The most important thing you can do for your lawn is to feed it regularly, and grass clippings contain the same beneficial nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium nutrients as fertilizer. In fact, clippings can provide as much as one-third of the annual feeding requirement for your lawn.

Less Work

In addition to recycling nutrients back into the soil, leaving the clippings will cut down mowing time and relieve the chore of emptying the grasscatcher and hauling bags of clippings out to the curb. It also keeps your clippings out of the landfill. This method of “green mowing” allows us to offer the lowest lawn mowing rates in Alaska.

Not a Thatch Problem

Contrary to a popular lawn myth, leaving clippings on the lawn does not cause thatch, which is a layer of partially decomposed grass-plant parts between the soil and live grass. Grass clippings are mostly water, so as long as your lawn is mowed regularly at the right height, they will break down and disappear rapidly.