Grass clippings - Knowledgebase Question

Name: joyce kolodziejczak
Willow Springs, IL (Zone 5A)
Question by joycekolodz
July 26, 2007
I have been reading alot about composting and how you can take your grass clippings and compost them. This may seem a stupid question however, can I just take my grass clippings and put them around my bushes as mulch? Is there any reason why I shouldn't. You see I have made a living fence. If grass clippings decentagrate quickly and are full of nitrogen why can't I lay it around my bushes? The grass is not seeding so I won't have a mess with growing grass. What is your advise?

Answer from NGA
July 26, 2007


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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