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Physical Address: 215 N Mason St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Mailing Address: PO Box 580, Ft. Collins, CO 80522-0580
Phone: (970) 221-6600
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Grasscycling logo Frequently Asked Questions

Does grasscycling cause thatch build-up?  No!

Research has shown that grass roots are the primary cause of thatch, not grass clippings. Thatch is composed mainly of roots, stems, rhizomes, crowns, and stolons. These plant materials contain large amounts of lignin (wood) and decompose slowly. Grass clippings are approximately 80-85 percent water with only small amounts of lignin, and decay rapidly. Some grasses such as bermudagrass are more thatch-prone than others.

A small amount of thatch (approximately 1/2 inch) is actually beneficial to a lawn, providing insulation to roots and serving as a mulch to prevent excessive water evaporation and soil compaction. It may also create a cushioning effect for lawn play.

Does grasscycling spread lawn disease?  No!

Diseases of turfgrass occur when disease causing spores contact susceptible grasses under ideal environmental conditions.  Disease spores are present whether clippings are collected or not.  Watering, fertilization, and sharpness of the mower blade have a much greater influence on the occurrence of disease than grasscycling.

Will grasscycling make my lawn look bad? No!

Many golf courses and parks have practiced grasscycling for years!  If a lawn is properly mowed, watered, and fertilized, grasscycling can actually produce a healthier-looking lawn.  It is important to cut the lawn frequently to produce small clippings that will fall between the standing blades and decompose quickly.  However, if a lawn is not cut frequently enough and long clippings are left on the lawn, it may produce a "hay-like" look which can be unsightly.

Mow often enough to cut only one-third of the grass plant in any one mowing.  This reduces shock to the lawn's root system.  Mow too low too often and roots can die.   The dead roots build up a thatch layer than can be harmful.  Mow a lawn -- old or new -- by the one-third rule, because mowing actually encourages a lawn to grow horizontally, to knit together, to fill in and to develop a dense, healthy root system.   According to the Professional Lawn Care Association of American, a healthy lawn helps purify and cool the air, and filters water that drains into the ground.

Can all lawn mowers grasscycle?  Yes!

All mowers can grasscycle - - no special equipment is necessary.   Simply remove your mower's collection bag.  Many manufacturers have attachments that improve your mower's grasscycling performance.  Check with your dealer for advice.  For the best results keep your mower sharp and mow when the grass is dry.  Mowing more frequently will also help minimize equipment problems.

Are there alternatives to grasscycling?  Yes!

Grasscycling is not feasible in every situation. Prolonged wet weather, mechanical breakdown of mowers, or infrequent mowing are situations where grass clippings should probably be bagged since an excessive volume of clippings may be generated. But do not throw the clippings away!

Grass clippings are an excellent addition to a backyard compost pile. Clippings can also be used as mulch to provide weed control and prevent moisture loss around flower beds, trees, and shrubs. Mulching with clippings should be avoided, however, if they are of an invasive variety, such as bermudagrass, or if herbicides have been applied recently to the lawn.