The average lawn in Pennsylvania may produce up to 500 pounds of clippings during the average growing season. Multiply that figure by thousands of homes and you can begin to see how much space grass clippings can take up in our landfills. You can help to reduce this amount by leaving clippings on the lawn where they break down in one to two weeks. This does not cause thatch and actually improves lawn quality!

Want a greener, healthier lawn? -  Here are some tips from the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection and the Professional Lawn Care Association or America.

Mow often
- Mow often, preferably when conditions are dry. Be sure your blade is sharp and that you take only the top third off the lawn. Cutting a lawn too short will dry the grass very quickly and cause the grass to become brown.

Water less - Water the lawn less frequently and for longer periods of time. It is better to soak the lawn rather than to water it sparingly more often. To conserve moisture, water in the morning.

Use fewer chemicals - Do not overuse harsh chemicals and fertilizers. Remember that grass clippings left on the lawn act as a top dressing fertilizer and help to keep the lawn green and healthy.