What is Grasscycling?

  • A simple and natural approach to lawn care.
  • Clippings are left on the lawn after mowing, releasing valuable nutrients back into the soil.

What are the benefits of Grasscycling?

  • Encourages a healthier lawn
  • Can reduce water and fertilizer requirements
  • Saves time (less mowing and yard waste disposal)
  • Saves money (less water and fertilizer needed)
  • Reduces waste in landfills
  • Saves energy (hauling to landfill)

How do grass clippings affect our environment?

  • On average, yard waste makes up 25% of all residential waste. During spring and summer, grass clippings make up 50% of residential waste. 

How to Grasscycle

Use your current mower

  • You can grasscycle with any mower by removing the collection bag and dispersing grass clippings throughout the lawn.
  • Caution: If your mower does not have a safety flap covering the opening where the bag fits the chute or a plug for the chute, contact your local retailer to purchase a retrofit kit.

Switch to an environmentally-friendly mower

  • Although you can grasscycle with any mower, you may want to consider buying a new lawn mower.
  • Special mulching and recycling mowers cut grass blades into small pieces and force them into the turf.
  • Electric models have added environmental benefits (Eliminates mower emissions and the potential for gas/oil spills associated with mowers), and are much quieter than a gas-powered motor.

Grasscycling Tips

Tips for grasscycling with your current lawn mower


  • Cut grass when the surface is dry (no drops of moisture on the grass).
  • Keep mower blades sharp.
  • To avoid covering up the grass surface, mow the lawn just enough so that no more than 1/3 or the grass blade is removed.
  • In spring and summer when your lawn is growing faster, cut your lawn more frequently.


  • Water in the morning, as less water will be lost. Watering in the evening makes your lawn susceptible to disease development due to the prolonged damp conditions.
  • Avoid watering your lawn too frequently. Deep, infrequent watering encourages an extensive root system that helps the turf resist disease and stress.
  • For information about turf replacement, water-efficient tips, and drought-tolerant lawns and plantsplease visit the Water Department website. 

Grasscycle | Myth vs. Fact

Myth: Grasscycling causes thatch build-up.
Fact: Grass roots are the primary cause of thatch, not grass. Grass clippings are mostly composed of water and decompose rapidly.
Myth: Grasscycling spreads lawn disease.
Fact: Improper watering and fertilizing are the primary cause of disease. If an accommodating environment for disease exists, infestation will occur whether clippings are collected or not.
Myth: Grasscycling makes lawns look bad.
Fact: Grasscycling can actually produce a healthier-looking lawn if done properly. Cut the lawn frequently to produce small clippings that fall between standing blades and decompose quickly. Long clippings may produce a "hay-like" look which can easily be avoided.