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
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
- 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.
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.