Feed your lawn the natural way – grasscycle!

How grasscycling can benefit you and the environment

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Grasscycling is the process of recycling grass clippings by leaving them on the lawn and allowing them to break down naturally. Grass clippings are made up of 85 to 90 per cent water and quickly dehydrate and decompose once cut. This natural process helps return nutrients back into the soil, reducing the need for fertilizers and lawn watering.

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  • Grasscycling saves time, reduces waste and leads to a deeper, healthier root system that increases your lawn’s resistance to disease, drought and insects.
  • Grasscycling improves lawn quality. When grass clippings are allowed to decay naturally on the lawn, they release valuable nutrients and add water-saving mulch.
  • Grasscycling conserves water because the clippings hold moisture in your lawn. This means less work for you, since it reduces the need for watering.
  • Grass clippings are a free and natural fertilizer containing essential plant nutrients, such as nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus. These nutrients are released back into the lawn once they decompose. There’s no pollution runoff, no use of non-renewable resources and no damage to soil organisms or wildlife.
  • Grasscycling benefits the environment. It’s an opportunity for all homeowners to reduce yard waste. The best part of grasscycling is that it requires less time and energy than bagging and dragging grass clippings to the curb.

Some quick tips before you begin grasscycling:

  • Lawn mower blades must be sharp. Dull lawn mower blades tend to tear grass, making the lawn prone to disease and discoloration at the tips.
  • Mower height should be set to cut only one-third of the grass blades at one time. This ensures the lawn’s root system will be able to support itself in a drought.
  • Allow your lawn to grow at least nine centimetres (3.5 inches) in height and mow it down to six centimetres (2.4 inches).
  • Do not cut your grass during a drought or when grass is wet.

For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit vaughan.ca/waste.


Visit the City of Vaughan’s website at vaughan.ca.

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  • 2 thoughts on “Feed your lawn the natural way – grasscycle!

    1. The lawn care experts who take care of many lawns in Vaughan recommend that lawn clippings be removed at all times. If you check with Weedman or Lawnsavers they will tell you to pick up lawn clippings.

      1. Hi Glenn,

        Thanks for your comment. While grasscycling is encouraged, it’s not mandatory. We would suggest speaking with your lawn care expert about how grasscycling can be included into your lawn care routine. Sometimes grasscycling is not recommended when grass clippings are long and may smother the grass or if you have a lot of weeds and they are in flower. Otherwise, grasscycling is an environmentally beneficial practice that helps return nutrients back into the soil, reducing the need for fertilizers and lawn watering.

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