I was saving some grass clippings for mulch and discovered this morning
that they were very wet and moldy. (yes, lesson learned) I am assuming
that it is NOT a good idea to use moldy grass clippings for mulch,
Also, do I put a nice thick layer of grass clipping mulch around my red
onion plants? wasn't sure about this.
> that they were very wet and moldy. (yes, lesson learned) I am assuming
> that it is NOT a good idea to use moldy grass clippings for mulch,
> onion plants? wasn't sure about this.
No, don't use rotting fresh grass clippings as mulch, they won't be very
good for your plants.
If you want to use grass clippings as mulch, you need to dry the grass
thoroughly first so that it doesn't form a rotting mess, which will
happen within a few hours if you pile them in a heap. The best
procedure is to cut the lawn without a grass collector on the mower, so
they lie on the lawn spread out to dry. Then you can rake them up and
they shouldn't form a rotting mess. Unfortunately, this is a lot more
work than gathering them in a hopper as you mow and chucking them away.
Also it isn't a good idea if your grass is very long, as it will be
thick enough to make a rotting mess on your lawn.
I don't think that's true... by weight freshly mowed grass clippings
consist of more like 98% water, but depending on conditions that water
can evaporate rather quickly. If one plans to use grass clippings as
mulch it's best to mow on a hot dry day after the morning dew has
disapated and then leave the clipping to dry where they fall and raked
up the next day. When clippings are bagged as they're mowed they will
mold rather quickly. Personally I don't think grass clipping make for
a very good mulch, they won't prevent weeds (in fact will encourage
weeds), they are very poor at keeping soil moist, they encourage
insects, and they become moldy much too easily. Grass clippings are
best left on the lawn where they will become fertilzer (use a mulching
If one affairs to use grass clippings as mulch it's best to mow on a hot
dry day afterwards the morning dew has disapated and again leave the
abridgement to dry area they abatement and raked up the next day. When
clippings are bagged as they're mowed they will mold rather quickly.
On Thu, 30 Jun 2011 23:56:48 +0000, markenejackson <markenejackson>
Mow with a mulching blade and there'll be no raking. Grass clippings
make terrible mulch anyway, grass clippings are too fine and decompose
too rapidly to make a weed blocking mulch. Grass clippings actually
encourage weed growth, and the thicker it's piled the better the more
noxious weeds will grow... grass clipping are like potting soil for
weeds... that's the main reason why I brush hog my wildflower meadow
Please, if English is a newly acquired language for you, disregard the
following comments, if not, learn English. Even pigeon-English is
preferable to the mismatched buggerage that you've put on display.
Mad dog Republicans to the right. Democratic spider webs to the left. True
Actually that's better English than most found on usenet, albiet
poetically flowery and verbose... unfortunately for you your
guttersnipe's upbringing and the fourth grade education you attained
prevents you from knowing and appreciating.
Start a compost pile. Google around for the ratio of greens/browns as
poster had already alluded to. I compost all my leaves, kitchen scraps
(veggies), garden trimmings etc. It's simply amazing how little work it
is, how much the mass is reduced, and what comes out... simply sweet.
Turn in into the soil next spring and you'll have loam people die for.
Your prob is going to be browns.... maybe add the shreadings from your
Spread thinly between plants as soon as you finish mowing; the
clippings will dry quickly and won't get moldy this way. If you put a
thick layer down it will mat down so much that water can't get
through. You can add a thin layer each week when you mow.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.