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Raymond T. Olsen

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Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852
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Cut It and Leave It/Grasscycling

What is Grasscycling?
Grasscycling is the natural way you can have a green, healthy lawn while spending
less time and money!

Sound too good to be true?
Well it isn't.

You can be the envy of your neighbors with a beautiful lawn with much less work
and expense.

Wouldn't you rather be sipping an ice cold lemonade in the shade, rather than
spending time emptying those grass clippings into expensive bags, and then lugging
those bags out to the curb for trash pick-up? Keep in mind that a typical lawn
of 5,000 square feet generates about 75 pounds of clippings per mowing.

Years of research have shown that by mowing frequently (5-6 times a month) and
not bagging those clippings can save lawnowners up to 40% of the time they spend
on routine lawn care!

Simple Steps for Grasscycling

  • Cut only the top 1/3 of the grass blade and leave the clippings on the lawn.
  • Mow when the grass is dry to avoid tracking and clumping.
  • Keep your mower blade sharp.
  • No special equipment is necessary. While mulching mowers are available (and do an excellent job), any conventional mower can grasscycle - just remove the bag! (In the case of rear discharge mowers, the exhaust chute must be shut off. Adapter kits or retro-fit kits are available for your conventional mower for about $15

Water and Fertilize Less

  • When grasscycling is properly done, clippings settle quickly between the growing blades of grass, where they shelter the roots from the sun - conserving moisture. As they break down, they release more moisture as well as nutrients into the soil. This means that the grass needs to be watered less frequently.
  • Believe it or not, clippings left on the lawn supply 1/3 or more of the nitrogen need to keep your lawn green and healthy. Don't throw away free fertilizer with your clippings - grasscycle!

What about thatch?
Thatch is an accumulation of dead roots, stems, and rhizomes which are parts of the grass plant that decompose slowly. Clippings, which are 95% water, are leaves of the grass plant and decompose too quickly to contribute to thatch.