grass cuttings - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by gongzp1963
September 10, 2010
Grass cutiings go to multch derectly or need go to compose first,which way will be better for vegetable garden?

Answer from NGA
September 10, 2010
You have a couple of options for your grass clippings. If you mow your lawn on a regular basis and the clippings are an inch or less long, you can just leave the clippings on the lawn (called grass-cycling). The clippings will decompose within a few days and as they do, they will release nitrogen which will help feed your lawn. Or, you can add the clippings to your compost pile where they will decompose along with the other material in the pile. A third option is to lay them out to air dry for a week or so and then use them as mulch around your plants. It's important to allow the clippings to dry out before using them as mulch as they tend to clump together and shed water if they are piled up before they can dry out in the sun. Hope this answers all your questions!

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