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Weekly Tips | March 26, 2012

Ode to Grasscycling!


A Northwest Spring is upon us, as is April’s National Poetry Month. Walt Whitman spent a life considering Leaves of Grass, so when it comes time to mow - why not consider ‘grasscycling?’

Grasscycling saves time and reduces waste! According to the EPA, one study showed that by not collecting clippings, mowing took about 40 percent less time.

You can grasscycle with any mower. By raising the cutting height of your lawn mower you can keep grass roots shaded and cool, reduce weed growth, browning, and the need for watering. The clippings will return nutrients to the soil, improve soil and lawn health, and will add free fertilizer to your lawn. Since grass clippings are about 90 percent water, they decompose very quickly.

ReSources: SPU Lawn and Garden Hotline | EPA

 

The Big Picture

In 2010 yard trimmings and grass clippings accounted for 33 million tons, or 13% of waste generated in the U.S.  In Seattle Public Utilities 2006 Waste Stream Composition Study, leaves and grass were 8th in line on the “Top 10” list of what is found in Seattle Residential Garbage – creating a total of 659 tons for that year. 

Sources: EPA 2008 MSW Report | SPU 2006 Waste Composition Study

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