Using grass clippings as a source of fertilizer for your lawn can save time and money and help protect the environment.
Grass clippings don't cause thatch.
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Occasionally, prolonged rains make it impossible to mow regularly. In these cases, raise the mower for the initial cutting and gradually lower the mower to the proper height. You can mow just once and recycle the longer clippings if:
If you have not been able to mow for awhile and the quantity is too great to leave on the lawn, clippings can be used as mulch in tree and shrub beds.
Mowing frequency will vary with temperature, fertility, amount of moisture, season, and natural growth rate of the lawn.
Sandy soils may require more frequent watering, for example, 1/2 inch every three days. Don't water fescue, bluegrass, or ryegrass lawns in the summer unless you plan to do so all season. Many of these types of lawns are lost by discontinuing irrigation in midsummer. Be consistent with your watering routine; your lawn can't go on vacation with you.
To apply 1 pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet--
To apply 1/2 pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet--
Remember, if you still do not want to leave grass clippings on your lawn, compost them. Composted grass clippings, as well as other yard waste, can be used as a mulch or soil conditioner.
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