Grasscycling & Leaf Mulching & Compost Bins

Grass Recycling

Don't Trash Grass, Recycle It!

Grasscycling is recycling grass clippings by leaving them on your lawn instead of raking them up for disposal. As grass clippings decompose, they act as a natural organic fertilizer. By doing this, you are returning valuable nutrients and moisture to the soil.

How Do I Grasscycle?

*Leave grass clippings on your lawn after mowing. Clippings break down in 7-14 days, act as top dressing fertilizer and keep your lawn green and healthy.
*Mow often, cutting only 1/3 of grass growth, and use a sharp blade when conditions are dry.
*Water your lawn in the morning, but less frequently and for longer periods of time.


What Are The Benefits of Grasscycling?

* Lawn care time is cut in half and you save money.
* Increased lawn resistance to disease, drought and insects.
* Clippings release valuable nutrients that eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers.
* Grass clippings are about 90% water, so they return ground moisture, reducing waste.

Leaf Mulching
 
Don't Trash Leaves, Recycle Them!
 
Leaf mulching means either shredding your leaves where they are on the lawn, using shredded leaves as a winter mulch on landscape beds, collecting shredded leaves into compost piles, or simply leaving your leaves under the trees in wooded areas, to turn them into new soil.
 
How Do I Mulch Leaves?
 
* You can shred your leaves using a mulching lawn mower, a leaf shredder, a leaf vacuum/shredder, or even a do-it-yourself setup using a weed whacker inside a trash can.
* After mulching leaves on your lawn, you may see leaf shreds both on the surface of the grass and in between the blades of grass. But they should not be of the density or size (under 1" square) that will block light and/or smother the turf. Over the winter, those leaf shreds on top of the grass should fall into the root zone soil, as well. There, they will decompose naturally by mid to late spring.
 
What Are The Benefits of Mulching Leaves?
 
* You'll have a greener lawn because as leaf mulch breaks down it naturally fertilizes the soil.
* You'll have a healthier lawn because leaf mulch improves soil structure and soil biology.
* It also helps improve drainage and water retention.
* Free mulch protects and enhances your landscape beds.
* Grass-cycling provides similar benefits for lawn fertilization and soil health.
 
For more information, visit www.leleny.org.
 

Compost Bins

Yard debris can also be composted at home, together with kitchen scraps, to create a nutrient-rich soil additive for use in gardens, lawns or even with houseplants.
The cost is $40.00 each.  Please call DPW at 781-270-1670 to purchase one.
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