How to Reduce Yard Waste
Yard waste can recycle naturally, when managed correctly. Here are a few ways you can put less yard waste to the curb and benefit your garden at the same time.
- Grasscycling – Let the clips fall!
Use a mulching mower or retrofit your current mower with a mulching blade kit and let grass clippings fall back into the lawn. This adds nitrogen from the clippings to the soil. Can cut fertilizer use by 30% or more. Cut only 1/3 of grass blade at a time to promote root growth and shade out weeds. Deep roots help plants resist drought and disease .
- Reduce Lawn Area
Add low maintenance plant beds and groundcovers, slow-growth bushes, decks, walkways and borders to your yard to reduce lawn area.
- Use shredded leaves and grass clippings as mulch
Controls weeds, conserves moisture and reduces soil erosion.
Place 1”- 2” layer on wet newspaper between vegetable/flower rows.
Sprinkle 1” layer around bushes and tree bases.
Shred leaves into lawn – adds nutrients and doesn’t harm lawn.
- Backyard Composting
Make your own bin/pile or purchase plastic compost bins and compost all of your yard waste. Click to view Home Composting Flyer for detailed information.