How To Compost Your Grass And Yard Trimmings

A big yard can be quite challenging to maintain especially during the spring and the summer months. You see, grass, trees and shrubs tends to grow a lot during the spring and summer months so you end up with plenty of yard trimmings every now and then. Fortunately, most yard trimmings do not emit foul smell while decomposing so you need not worry about how to compost your yard trimmings without using a recycling bin. In fact, you need not even use a composting bin to recycle your grass clippings. To recycle your grass clippings, you simply leave the clippings on your lawn and let nature take care of it.

For the past few years, the practice of leaving grass clippings on the yard has become a fad. Many environmentalists practice grasscycling not only because it is eco-friendly but also because it is very convenient to do. You do not need to use a recycling bin when you recycle your grass clippings. When grasscycling, all you really need to do is to spread the grass clippings evenly on your yard to serve as mulching. It won’t more than a few days before the grass clippings dry out and decompose so your yard will not necessary look topsy-turvy for long.

Will the grass clippings not harm or smother the grass underneath? According to experts, a thin pile of grass clippings will not have any negative impact on the grass underneath it. You see, typical grass clippings are composed of 80% water and 20% solid biodegradable substance so once the water evaporates and the clippings dry out, there won’t be much of it left. In fact, the clippings can provide mulching to your grass so your grass will growth healthier.

While thin layers of grass clippings will not harm your lawn, think piles of trimmings may ruin your grass. You see, a thick pile of clippings can be quite heavy and it can smother the grass underneath it.

While grass clippings may be left lying around on your lawn for a few days without your yard looking really dirty, larger yard trimmings like leaves, twigs and plant debris can make your lawn look really messy. If you have plenty of leaves, twigs and plant debris to compost, dig a pit at the corner of your yard and use this pit to compost the leaves and twigs. To facilitate faster composting, put the coarse brown materials at the bottom of the pit and put the lighter materials on top. For help your yard trimmings rot faster, use a stick to turn the pile every two weeks.