Blog post: New compost pile: Source for grass clippings

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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Apr 26, 2015 5:48 PM CST
Okay, so I'm curious, where are you able to pick up these grass clippings? Are people mowing and picking them up in bags and then dumping by the street for pick up? I do well to schedule us going to the farm the day after Ira mows so David can 'vacuum' up his clippings that have dried for a day.

Also, I cannot believe you already have Calla lilies! Mine haven't even started to peek through the ground yet!!!

Sorry about the root rot. I had to move a couple of penstemons and an agastache because they were looking wilted from too much moisture. I dug them out, add more soil with lots of perlite and even some stone on the bottom. I did the Heatwave agastache a couple of days ago and it already looks much happier.
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Apr 26, 2015 6:28 PM CST
Normally I am looking for bagged grass clippings, but with all the rain, the bagged ones stink to high heaven if I don't pick them up on the day they were mowed. So no bagged grass clippings today. I search for the nice clean piles and use my seed fork to load them. The piles are normally just wet on the top, and they do smell but not as bad as sour grass stored in a bag a few days. The last pile I picked up had just been cut and it had that fresh grass smell.
People here in town (I have my regular times and routes, have to stay ahead of the city crew) mow their lawns then many just pile the grass clippings out by the road, a few go to the trouble to actually bag them, after running the routes for a while you learn where to go, and what to avoid (people with pets love to put dog and cat poo in their bags).
I can never tell what type of poison people have used on their lawns, but so far none of the grass has caused me a problem. However I did just buy two bags of weed and feed, and I noticed that there was a banner on it stating it was the newest science available, and warned against using the first two mowings in compost. So that may get to be a problem, and I may have to extend the time before I use a batch. I know at one time there were some products out there that would not even break down after a year, but I don't think those are too commonly found unless the lawn is treated by a commercial lawn company.
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Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Apr 26, 2015 6:32 PM CST
Oh yeah, that is something to consider. We have a large enough property (my son does anyway) that I should be able to get enough there and we don't spray so that won't be a problem. Well, I can get enough, just not fast enough! And David does request some green material for his compost tumblers as well. I will compost weeds if they haven't gone to seed but it still makes me nervous. I still get tons of grass in my compost.

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