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Garden Waste

Grass-cycling is a way of reducing household garden waste and benefiting the environment.

Grass-cycling is not a new concept - many golf courses and parks have practised grass-cycling for years and is a responsible environmental practise.

How to Grass-cycle

  • Remove the grass catcher from our lawn mower (in accordance with the manufacturers instructions) and allow the grass cuttings to fall directly on the lawn
  • Use a sharp mower blade - blunt blades tear the grass, giving it a brownish colour and contribute to lawn disease
  • Mow when the grass is dry. On a sunny or windy day, it is surprising how much the grass cuttings will reduce in size on the lawn.
  • If you find that you do have an excess of grass cuttings, prevent them from forming clumps by placing these excess cuttings over soil in your garden to act as a mulch cover to help control weeds and maintain soil moisture.
  • Even if you grass-cycle occasionally, it will help towards reducing the environmental impacts associated with managing this waste in Dumfries and Galloway.

Saves money

Grass cuttings contain nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, which are put back into your lawn each time you mow. This can reduce the amount of fertiliser you need to buy (if you buy lawn fertiliser) to keep your lawn healthy.

Reduces waste

Grass cuttings can form a large portion of the waste that households with lawns produce, especially during spring, summer and autumn months .By leaving grass cuttings on your lawn you can reduce the amount of waste that needs to be collected, processed, or disposed of in the region.

Grass cutting are 80-85% water and decompose quickly. If you are worried about people tracking grass into your home, cut it late in the day so that the cuttings can dry and settle overnight, or cut early on a dry windy or sunny day so that the elements can help dry out the grass cuttings.

Grass cuttings can be included in a compost bin, along with other materials.

Do I need a special lawn mower?

No, most mowers can recycle grass-cuttings, following the manufacturer's instructions in relation to removal of the grass catcher.

Rewilding your garden

Need a break from cutting all your lawn.... consider rewilding an area of lawn which can have environmental benefits too - for more advice visit the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) website for garden rewilding tips -

Page last updated: 18/02/2021
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