It’s the height of mowing season (Yes, bad pun) with many uses for grass clippings:
1. Leave clippings on the lawn as a natural fertilizer.
2. Compost clippings, making sure to mix the grass into the pile to enhance aeration and prevent compaction.
3. Make (Lawn Clipping) Tea
Make lawn clipping tea by placing fresh cut clippings in a bucket of water and allow it to steep for about three days. Then pour the nurtrient rich brew onto the roots or spray on the leaves.
4. Mulch with clippings to retain moisture, suppress weeds, keep the soil cool and improve its fertility.
5. Raised Bed are a great way to use up your excess grass clippings. Thin layers of clippings alternate with thin layers of shredded leaves to provide a nutrient rich compost base to the bed.
6. For the truly crafty use clippings as a natural organic fabric dye.
When leaves fall to the ground, they eventually break down and provide nutrients for the soil, helping prepare more plants to grow in the spring. When you keep leaves out of the street you help your yard AND the storm sewer system, which can get clogged with leaves as they freeze and take up valuable space designated for water. If you don’t like the look of leaves in your yard, take advantage of the City of Kearney’s landfill which is open Monday-Friday from 8a.m.-5p.m. For more specific information about the landfill click here.
Heat generated from bacteria causes the compost pile to stay warm and active, no matter which season you’re in. Ideally, new material should be added to the composting system during turning and mixing to keep the pile the most active. Visit www.earth911.com to find more information on different composting methods including hot, cold, sheet, and trench composting. Also, to find out what items are good types of compost click here for lists of acceptable and unacceptable materials.
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