Mulch mowingClean Air Lawn Care Boise has always strived to use the latest technology and most sustainable practices to provide the best results for a happy and healthy lawn. In keeping with that tradition, we continue our commitment to the practice of mulch mowing and returning clippings to the lawn. This eco-friendly technique involves cutting grass into fine pieces and letting them settle back into the lawn, rather than collecting and bagging them. The advantages of using this practice go well beyond saving you a little bit of work.

Benefits of Mulch Mowing

1.       Nutrient Boost

Grass clippings are rich in nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, which are essential for healthy plant growth. By mulch mowing and leaving the clippings on the lawn, Clean Air Lawn Care is boosting the natural fertilizer that feeds the soil and promotes robust grass growth. This enhances the organic fertilizers we use, returning as much as 30% of the nitrogen back to the lawn.

2.       Moisture Retention

Mulch mowing helps to conserve moisture in the soil by creating a protective layer of grass clippings that shields the ground from the sun’s drying rays. This natural mulch acts like a sponge, absorbing rainfall and reducing water evaporation, thus extending the time between watering sessions. Conserving water is not only environmentally responsible but also beneficial for your wallet, especially in areas prone to drought or water restrictions.

3.       Improved Soil Health

The decomposition of grass clippings adds organic matter to the soil, which improves its structure and fertility over time. Healthy soil is the foundation of a thriving lawn, providing better root growth, increased nutrient uptake and improved resistance to pests and diseases. Mulch mowing fosters a symbiotic relationship between your grass and the soil, creating a self-sustaining ecosystem that will require less inputs over time to sustain itself.

4.       Reduced Landfill Waste

Mulch mowing is an environmentally friendly practice that reduces waste and promotes sustainability. By keeping grass clippings out of landfills, you’re helping to reduce methane emissions and minimize your carbon footprint. Yard waste was banned from landfills nationally in 1995. So if you must require clippings to be bagged to remove excess growth or disease/fungus, Clean Air will add the clippings to the compost pile and keep them out of landfills.

Debunking the Thatch Myth

A common lawncare myth is that leaving clippings on the lawn causes thatch buildup. The truth is thatch buildup can be caused by a whole host of reasons (from your lawn receiving too much nitrogen or even being over-watered), and can be cured through a whole host of strategies (like good aeration practices and organic approaches to encouraging a healthy balance of organic matter and organisms). Thatch is actually a normal component of lawns but if it builds up too much it can cause problems.

Clean Air Lawn Care Boise understands how to optimize the benefits of leaving clippings on the lawn, and how to debunk the thatch myth.

In the simplest terms, the finely chopped clippings we leave on your lawn break down so quickly you don’t have to worry about unsightly and potentially damaging thatch buildup. A large portion of the clippings are actually water, so they dry quickly and begin to decompose long before they can create thatch. Here is a great article further debunking the old myth about clippings contributing to thatch — https://extension.missouri.edu/publications/g6959.

Mulch mowing and returning clippings to your lawn is another small way that Clean Air Lawn Care provides the best service for your lawn and can help the environment at the same time.

Author

Clean Air Lawn Care HQ’s blog is written by Craig Martin, one of Clean Air’s many franchise owners. Prior to becoming an owner, Craig spent more than 15 years as a sports writer for multiple newspapers, and he reported on prep, NCAA and professional sports. Each week he will be sharing thoughts, ideas and industry insights on how Clean Air Lawn Care helps foster an organic and sustainable lawn for you and your family to enjoy.