Why Grasscycling is Important
It has been estimated that during the spring, summer, and fall, 75 tons of yard wastes go to the Larimer County Landfill each day. Of that, a sizeable portion is attributed to grass clippings. Every grass blade you leave behind will keep one grass blade out of the garbage truck. This helps conserve landfill space, reduce energy consumption, and assure the reuse of a valuable soil builder - your grass clippings! Significant quantities of water, fertilizer, and labor go into producing all those clippings, and it is a shame to see that all go to waste if the clippings are thrown away.
While some nitrogen is lost through the decomposition of the clippings, grasscycling can have the overall impact of reducing fertilization requirements by 25 percent or more. Similar savings on water use are possible.
Doing more by doing less. Grasscycling means leaving grass clippings on your lawn as you mow instead of raking, bagging and leaving them at the curb. Mowing time can be reduced by 50 percent or more, saving you 25 to 30 minutes each time you mow, since the bagging and disposal of clippings is eliminated. Cost savings can even be realized in hidden ways. By not handling heavy bags of clippings, back injuries and other physical maladies can be avoided. Grasscycling saves time, saves energy, saves money, and saves landfill space!