Answer: Glad you're boning up on the virtues of compost! It's true, grass clippings are a good source of nitrogen. They also make a good mulch material. However, they tend to stick together after they've dried and they might stick together so tightly that they shed water and not allow it to trickle down into the soil. Bad news for plants! You can either lightly sprinkle the grass clippings all over the garden so they won't become a thick mat, or you can lay the grass clippings out in lines (not piles) until they dry out and then rake them up and use them as mulch. The key is to keep them from becoming a thick mat.
Best wishes with your garden!
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