If you’re looking to make your lawn care routine more sustainable, look no further. Today, we’re sharing three easy ways to recycle and reuse yard waste that are not only great for the earth, but could save you time and money too.
Mulch has many benefits. It keeps weeds from reaching the surface, and it adds nutrients while regulating moisture and temperature. Instead of buying mulch, consider using yard waste, such as wood scraps, shredded autumn leaves, grass clippings and more. (Rent a wood chipper to grind up trimmed branches or trees.) Even if you use store-bought wood chips, spreading a layer of DIY mulch underneath can significantly improve the health of your soil and plants.
Grasscycling refers to leaving grass clippings on the lawn after mowing, instead of bagging and removing them. Not only is grasscycling more sustainable, but it has also been proven to improve lawn health. When grass is trimmed to the correct size (experts recommend an inch or shorter), the clippings fall to the base of grass, and decompose quickly, adding essential nutrients to the soil. The EPA estimates that those extra nutrients may lower the need for nitrogen fertilizer by up to 50 percent.
Grasscycling also saves time. Mowing without bagging the grass clippings can take up to 40 percent less time, according to the EPA. You will probably have to mow more often, but frequent mowing is good for the overall health of your lawn. For best results, make sure to sharpen your lawn mower blades every four to six weeks. (Broadway Rental sharpens mower blades!)
Many people are intimidated by composting, but it’s pretty simple. Dispose of food scraps and yard waste in a large backyard bin. Over time, it will break down and become soil. Try to compost an even ratio of food and yard waste, and make sure to add water and turn the compost pile periodically. But even with very little maintenance, you will soon have nutrient-rich soil to help your garden grow!
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