Ok guys. My roomate explained this to me, and I REALLY want her to be
If I use grass clippings as mulch in my garden, am I just planting
grass in my garden?
I have an awesome arrangement with my neighbors to get their lawn
clippings, so I have piles and piles of fluffly, beautiful lawn
clippings - and more coming every week, as my neighbors mow their
lawns. I don't want to put them in the compost since they will take a
few months to degrade, but I REALLY don't want to plant grass in my
It breaks my heart to just throw it into the compost.
if they are mowing thier lawns on a weekly basis there is
very little chance of getting seeds, & more importantly, ripe
seeds. no seeds, no grass growing in the garden.
of course if you are at all worried about weeds growing, put
landscape paper (not fabric) under the clippings. the paper
biodegrades in a year or so. (just don't even *try* to put it
down if there's even a slight breeze. it is a PITA)
proper compost shouldn't take *months* to break down. maybe
30 days or so... but it takes a bit more work that just piling
up kitchen scraps & grass clippings.
"Fascism would be better described as corporatism,
since it is marriage between the state and business"
Why? if there is a chance of seed in the clippings a nice hot compost is a
good way of killing them. One thought, maybe check out what your neighbour
has in his/her lawn. If there are weeds you are concerned about you can make
an informed choice.If in doubt your choice to take them, reject them or hot
Another point, if you really like the grass (and it sounds that you do), a
few stray seeds in the garden that you can lightly hoe out when they
germinate may not be a big price to pay.
Yeah - it's just so nice and fluffy! Soft to walk on, lightweight to
spread, free, abundant, effective...Great ideas! I'll have to give my
neighbors lawns a good look - but as far as I remember, it's just yer
basic grassy lawn. Now that it's come up, I have one neighbor who
always waits until the lawn is a jungle, so his clippings wil probably
have more seed. I won't ask him - or at least his will be my compost
Mmmm compost n' mulch. I need a T-shirt - "Got compost?" or, "Got
Yes, by inspecting the lawns you should see if and how many weed seeds
you are bringing in. Usually, I use only the grass cut in early May,
when most plants have not seeded yet. The rest of the grass I use to
mulch the ferns, for example, (too dark under there for any seed to
emerge). Otherwise, grass makes a pretty hot compost pile, so well
mixed with brown leaves or wood chips will cook well enough to destroy
Your biggest problem, however, are the weedkillers. Those are being
definitely brought in. Presumably, they will degrade faster in a hot
pile of mulch, and they won't bother the plants as much if the leaves
are kept clean of clippings. That is why I always steal the neighbors
bags of yard clippings and leaves, but never the grass bags. If you see
some of the plants declining, you will know what it is.
Without knowing what weed killers are present, it's irresponsible to suggest
that they will break down with heat, especially if the OP intends to use the
grass or resulting compost around edible plants.
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